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What are carbohydrates?

Constance Mofunanya, DNP
Pediatric Nursing

Carbohydrates together with proteins, fats, minerals, and water are macronutrients that constitute the bulk of the diet and supply energy and many essential nutrients to the body. Carbohydrates are broken down into glucose and other monosaccharaides. Carbohydrates increases blood glucose level and supply energy. Examples of carbohydrates includes but not limited the following: breads, beans, cereals, grains, pasta, vegetables such as potatoes, and corn, and sugar including glucose, fructos and honey. Carbohydrates are big part of the daily required nutrients.

Diana Meeks
Diana Meeks on behalf of Sigma Nursing
Family Practitioner

Carbohydrates help to make glucose in your body. Glucose is used to give you and your vital organs enough energy for daily activities. It is either used right away or stored in your liver and muscles for later on. Carbohydrates are found in produce, dairy products, grains and sugars. The two different kinds of carbohydrates found in foods are called simple and complex carbohydrates.

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