Monday, April 19, 2010

Tonight I am reading 'Digestion and Nutrition' and as always I will not be selfish and share some interesting things I learn.

So this part in about Simple and Complex Carbohydrates worded a little more scientifically.

Mono- and
disaccharides are found in fruits, sugarcane, sugar beets, honey,
molasses, and milk. Starches are found in grains, legumes, and
root vegetables. Glycogen is present in all animals, although
the primary source is beef. Polysaccarides in food take longer
to digest and absorb than simple sugars or dissacharides. This
longer time provides a steady supply of monosaccharides for
absorption and metabolism. Simpler sugars provide a spike in
absorbed sugars, which may lead to increased fat production.

Finally I understand what is meant by 'Empty Calories'
sometimes foods are described as having empty calories. this
means that the item is made mostly of sugar, probably sucrose,
and not much of anything else. When carbohydrates are ingested
along with proteins, lipids, vitamins, and minerals, they form part
of a balanced diet that fills our nutritional needs.

These fatty acids contribute as much to the clogging of
arteries as saturated fats. Trans fats are most frequently found
in prepared foods, such as cakes, cookies, pies, and breads.
They also found in prepared meats and hard margarine.
So I won't be eating any cakes, cookies, pies, bread, meat (that's a given) and margarine.!

The body takes food and breaks it down into the nutrients it
can use, both major and minor. The major nutrients include
carbohydrates, proteins, and lipids. Vitamins and minerals are
types of minor nutrients.
Nutrients serve as building blocks for larger chemicals and the
energy that fuels all of the body’s processes, from cell repair
to muscle contraction.

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