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Thursday, 7 June 2012

Carbohydrates are responsible for providing our body with the energy it needs for normal day to day functioning.They play many other important roles.
  • Synthesise and form our DNA and RNA
  • Synthesise harmones and fatty acids such as cholesterol
  • Generate powerful antioxidants and protect our cells from damage ageing
  • Cleanse the body
  • Help harmone and immune functions
  • Regularise bowel movements because oftheir fibre content
  • Help ifunctioning of our brain cells and neurons
  • The body is able to carry out its functioning without carbohydrates but it cannot think without carbs
Sources of carbohydrates
  • Carbohydrates are found in all plant foods like fruits, vegetables, grains, legumes etc and in milk and milk products.
Classificaton of carbohydrates
  • Carbohydrates are classified as simple and complex.
  • They are also classified by their glycemic index[GI] and glycemic load[GL]
  • High GI or 'fast' carbs lead to a quick sharp rise in the blood glucose levels and low GI or 'slow carbs ' lead to a slow,steady rise in blood glucose levels.
  • High GI foods [fast carbs] get converted to fat quickly and low GI foods [slow carbs] have a much better chance of getting utilised for energy.
  • Carbs that retain their fibre are low in GI eg jowar, bajra, legumes, dals, wholewheat
  • All sweets, biscuits , pizzas, processed juices, squashes, jams and jellies are high in GI as they have no fibre. It takes no time to convert the sugar that comes from these foods to fat.
Choosing the right carbohydrates In the absence of carbs fats cannot be utilised for energy. So if we want to burn fat we have to put that roti, rice, dosa, idli, poha, upma back in our plates.

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