What are Carbohydrates?
Key Nutrient in Daily Meals
What are carbohydrates to you?
Plants create compounds called carbohydrates out of the elements carbon, hydrogen and oxygen. Milk is the only animal food that offers some carbohydrate as lactose. Yet the spectrum of plant-based whole foods all have carbohydrates as an integral part of their authentic ingredient listing, designed by nature.
Carbohydrates provide the body with fuel as energy to fulfill all necessary day-to-day bodily activities and organ functions. I consider wholesome natural fruits, vegetables and grains as best sources of carbohydrates, as well as all other phytonutrients.
So what are carbohydrates?
Carbohydrates are the energy part of the human body equation as blood glucose.
Four important carbohydrates are:
Simple carbohydrates include sugars such as fruit sugar (fructose), grape sugar (dextrose or glucose), milk sugar (lactose) and table sugar (sucrose).
Complex carbohydrates are made up of sugar molecules strung together to create longer more complex chains. Starches, fibers and gums are complex carbohydrates. Plant-based whole foods are generally rich in complex carbohydrates.
Gums like carrageenan and guar gum, are carbohydrates that are often used as thickeners and emulsifying agents in commercial food products.
Plants use starch to store energy. Starches are complex chains of glucose and some starches include other sugars.
The human body digests or metabolizes very minimal dietary fiber. Yet fiber is most instrumental in sustaining our health.
We have to be appreciative of what are carbohydrates in relation to maintaining optimal energy levels. An insufficient daily supply from good quality whole plant-based foods will cause you to become tired and exhausted, sick and eventually diseased.
Carbohydrates like fats, being composed solely of carbon, hydrogen and oxygen, burn as a ‘clean fuel’ into carbon dioxide and water. Unlike protein, which contains nitrogen, and in the process of metabolism generates toxic nitrogenous wastes.
Easily digested refined carbohydrates devoid of nutrients contribute to a host of illnesses starting with weight gain, obesity and diabetes.
These are the highly processed foods with components of white rice, white flour and white sugar and artificial sweeteners loaded and fortified with approved food chemicals. You find them on the shelves of mainstream supermarkets and food stores. These plus the fast foods, snack foods and junk foods create in you insatiable cravings and binging.
Whole grains, legumes, fruits, vegetables, and other quality sources of intact carbohydrates do just the opposite. They sustain and promote healing and good health.
In really knowing what are carbohydrates, you make healthier food choices.
Disclaimer: The advice given here is intended as a sharing of knowledge and information for educational purposes only. You should not use this information to diagnose or treat a health problem or disease without consulting with a qualified health care provider. All the content of this website is based upon the opinions, experiences and research of Keith F Gittens – Keithos, unless otherwise noted and is not intended as medical advice.
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