Top Carbohydrate Health Benefits

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					Carbohydrates are one of the three main macronutrients that your body
requires to function effectively. Despite what you may think about them,
carbs can give your body numerous health benefits. In this article I am
going to be discussing four of the top carbohydrate health benefits.1)
THEY PROVIDE YOUR BODY WITH ENERGY:- The main role of carbohydrates is to
give your body the energy it needs. When you eat carbs your body breaks
them down into glucose. This glucose is then transported to the cells
that reqyure energy via your bloodstream. Although your body can use fats
and proteins for energy this process is very inefficient. Therefore, one
benefit of eating carbohydrates is that they provide your body with an
efficient, easy access energy source.2) THEY ARE RICH IN PHYTONUTRIENTS:-
Phytonutrients are protective chemicals that can be found in many plants.
Different phytonutrients have different characteristics. Some act as
antioxidants which protect your body from free radicals (harmful by-
products that are released when your body uses oxygen) whilst others help
protect your body from bacteria and disease. Plant based carbohydrates
such as fruits and vegetables often contain these protective
phytonutrients making them a very worthwhile addition to your diet.3)
THEY ARE A GOOD SOURCE OF FIBRE:- Fibre has many health benefits. The
most well known of these is that it promotes regular bowel movements and
prevents constipation. However, fibre also promotes good bowel health,
protects you from a variety of diseases, keeps your blood glucose levels
stable and helps you fully absorb the nutrients from your food. Certain
carbohydrates such as fruits, vegetables and wholemeal products contain
high levels of fibre and by eating these you can enjoy all the benefits
listed.4) THEY ARE A GOOD SOURCE OF VITAMINS:- Vitamins are
micronutrients that help your body perform vital functions. They help
your body break down food for energy, assist with cell production,
support a strong immune system and more. Fruits and vegetables are rich
in a variety of vitamins. Therefore, by eating natural carbohydrates
(such as fruits and vegetables) you can realise multiple health
benefits.If you choose your carbohydrates wisely they can be a very
valuable addition to your diet. Eating fruits and vegetables on a regular
basis can give you all the health benefits listed in this article.
Therefore, if you are not eating a variety of fruits and vegetables on a
regular basis try and add the to your diet.

				
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