Friday, September 22, 2017

Carbohydrates


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Carbs are the muscles favorite energy source. Without carbs in the diet you will feel sluggish and/or fatigued. Your body turns carbs, in the form of complex molecular structured starches and fibers or in the form of simple molecular structured sugars, into glycogen energy stores in muscle & liver and glucose in the blood stream. Fruits and vegetables are the best nutritional carbs one can intake for energy.

Of you daily caloric intake, 55-65% should come from carbohydrates. That is approximately 8.5 – 13.5 oz. of carb per day.

Starches like pasta, bread, rice and potatoes are the best source of carbs and energy. Sugars give a better burst of energy, but are generally followed by a lull of energy.

The GI index in foods or the Glycemic Index, will determine, on a scale of 1-100, how quickly foods will cause a rise in blood sugars and therefore release energy. For example, chocolate has a very low GI and rice has a very high GI.

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