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What is the role of carbohydrates in the body?

Manuel Villacorta
Nutrition & Dietetics
Carbohydrates include grains and starches (G&S), fruits, non-starchy vegetables (NSV), and milk and milk substitutes. Carbohydrates are the macronutrients our bodies need in the largest quantity. They are the body's main food source and regulate proper functioning of the central nervous system, kidneys, brain, red blood cells, and muscles. They control energy storage in the liver and muscles as well as intestinal health and elimination.
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Carbohydrates are the primary energy source for the brain, which is the only carbohydrate-dependent organ in the body. Carbohydrates also provide energy for normal activity and exercise. Since roughly 45 to 65 percent of total daily calories should come from carbohydrates, it’s important to choose healthy sources.

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