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Carbohydrates

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Carbohydrates Carbohydrates are an ideal source of energy for the body. This is because they can be converted more readily into glucose, the form of sugar that's transported and used by the body, than can proteins or fats. Even so, a diet too high in carbohydrates can upset the delicate balance of your body's blood sugar level, resulting in uncertainty in energy and mood that leave you feeling irritated and tired. It is better to balance your intake of carbohydrates with protein, a little fat and fibre. This balancing diet plate indicates the foods we are meant to have more or less of. ...read more.

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They also exist in either a natural or refined form. Natural sugars are found in fruit and vegetables. Refined sugars are found in: biscuits, cakes and pastries chocolate honey and jams jellies Simple carbohydrates (sugar) cause tooth decay. So they are not good in large amounts that is why using the balanced diet plate and also exercising regularly will help with the metabolism which is how fast the body burns the energy all this put together makes a healthy balanced diet, but make sure it is Balanced The difference between complex and simple carbohydrates All carbohydrates form glucose when digested. ...read more.

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When your body needs more energy, a second hormone called glucagon is secreted by the pancreas. This converts the glycogen back into glucose, which is then released into your bloodstream for your cells to use. This means the body's glucose (sugar) metabolism is a cycle of glucose, insulin and glucagon reactions. The slower the release of glucose and hormones, the more stable and sustainable the energy levels of the body. The more refined the carbohydrate, the faster the glucose is released into your blood. This can cause peaks and drops in your blood sugar level, and less stable energy levels in the body. Complex carbohydrates provide a slower and more sustained release of energy than simple carbohydrates. In their natural form they contribute to long-term good health, appetite control and sustained energy levels. ...read more.

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