What are carbohydrates?
Carbohydrates, or carbs, are sugar molecules. Along with proteins and fats, carbohydrates are one of the three main nutrients found in foods and drinks. Your body breaks down carbohydrates into glucose. Glucose, or blood sugar, is the main source of energy for your body’s cells, tissues, and organs.
Simple sugars in carbohydrates.
Simple sugars are carbs with one (monosaccharide) or two (disaccharide) sugar molecules. Many healthy foods like fruit and vegetables naturally contain sugar and shouldn’t be avoided as they benefit your health. However, excess added sugar is linked to obesity and increased heart disease and cancer risk
what happens to carbohydrates in the digestive system.
Digesting or metabolizing carbohydrates breaks foods down into sugars, which are also called saccharides. These molecules begin digesting in the mouth and continue through the body to be used for anything from normal cell functioning to cell growth and repair.
Think about your most recent meal.
- Identify foods and beverages that were sources of carbohydrates in the meal.
- Identify simple sugars
- Identify any added sugars
- Identify any complex carbohydrates (starches and fiber).
- Explain what happens to carbohydrates in the digestive system.
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