As we have been discussing, macronutrients are the basic energy, or fuel, our bodies need for all biological processes. This can be used for exercising, thinking or synthesizing the many biological molecules that keep the system smoothly operating.
Micronutrients are the building blocks – the stuff our body uses to create the many cells, tissues, and hormones. Like we discussed in our car analogy, macronutrients are the gas and micronutrients are the routine maintenance service for the car .
Today we are going to begin the discussion of Carbohydrates. What I hope to do, is change your reaction to that word. I don’t want you to say “carb” or think french fries, potatoes, or rice. I don’t want you to think about ANY food group. Forget glycemic index. Those are all useful bits of information for diet schemes, but not to understand how your body works. When we are done, we’ll move onto the other macronutrients: fat and protein.
So, do we have a deal? No discussion of FOOD for the conceptual understanding of carbohydrates, but I will give examples carbohydrates contained food so that we can understand the bigger picture.
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