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Carbohydrates (carbs) CCarbohydrates (carbs) Carbohydrates (carbs) EnglishNutritionChild (0-12 years);Teen (13-18 years)NADigestive systemHealthy living and preventionCaregivers Adult (19+) Educators Hospital healthcare providers Community healthcare providers Remote populations First nationsNA2021-09-17T04:00:00Z8.7000000000000056.5000000000000498.000000000000Flat ContentHealth A-Z<p>Discover the types of carbohydrates and how they affect the body.</p><h2>What carbohydrates do for our body</h2><p>Carbohydrates are broken down in the body and as a result they release energy molecules. These energy molecules are used by body organs to perform their functions. Carbohydrates are especially important for brain function. Carbohydrates are also needed for muscle movement and keeping our digestive system healthy.</p><h2>Key points</h2><ul><li>Carbohydrates are mostly found in fruit, grain products, dairy products, sugars, and vegetables.</li><li>Carbohydrates are an important source of energy for the whole body.</li><li>There are two types of carbohydrates: simple carbohydrates and complex carbohydrates. Both have a place in a healthy balanced dietary pattern, although they each affect the body differently.</li><li>Simple carbohydrates provide short term energy.</li><li>Complex carbohydrates increase blood sugar levels only slightly and keep them stable for longer.</li></ul>
GlucidesGGlucidesCarbohydrateFrenchNutritionChild (0-12 years);Teen (13-18 years)NADigestive systemHealthy living and preventionCaregivers Adult (19+) Educators Hospital healthcare providers Community healthcare providers Remote populations First nationsNA2013-09-27T04:00:00Z000Flat ContentHealth A-Z<p>Découvrez les différents types de glucides et de quelle façon ils affectent le corps.</p><p>Les glucides sont une importante source d’énergie pour l’ensemble du corps.<br></p><h2>À retenir</h2><ul><li>On retrouve les glucides surtout dans les fruits et les légumes, les produits céréaliers et le lait et substituts.</li><li>Les glucides simples sont présents dans le lait, les fruits, le sucre, les bonbons et le miel. Ils font augmenter rapidement le taux de glycémie, prodiguant un sursaut d’énergie de courte durée.</li><li>Les glucides complexes sont présents dans les produits céréaliers, les légumes et les légumineuses. Puisqu’ils contiennent des fibres, ils ne font augmenter que légèrement les taux de glycémie et ils les stabilisent sur une plus longue période de temps.</li><li>Les grains non transformés comme le riz brun, la farine de blé entier et l’orge sont de bonnes sources de glucides complexes.<br></li></ul>

 

 

 

 

Carbohydrates (carbs) 1443.00000000000Carbohydrates (carbs) Carbohydrates (carbs) CEnglishNutritionChild (0-12 years);Teen (13-18 years)NADigestive systemHealthy living and preventionCaregivers Adult (19+) Educators Hospital healthcare providers Community healthcare providers Remote populations First nationsNA2021-09-17T04:00:00Z8.7000000000000056.5000000000000498.000000000000Flat ContentHealth A-Z<p>Discover the types of carbohydrates and how they affect the body.</p><h2>What carbohydrates do for our body</h2><p>Carbohydrates are broken down in the body and as a result they release energy molecules. These energy molecules are used by body organs to perform their functions. Carbohydrates are especially important for brain function. Carbohydrates are also needed for muscle movement and keeping our digestive system healthy.</p><h2>Key points</h2><ul><li>Carbohydrates are mostly found in fruit, grain products, dairy products, sugars, and vegetables.</li><li>Carbohydrates are an important source of energy for the whole body.</li><li>There are two types of carbohydrates: simple carbohydrates and complex carbohydrates. Both have a place in a healthy balanced dietary pattern, although they each affect the body differently.</li><li>Simple carbohydrates provide short term energy.</li><li>Complex carbohydrates increase blood sugar levels only slightly and keep them stable for longer.</li></ul><h2>Which foods contain carbohydrates?</h2><p>Carbohydrates are mostly found in fruit, grain products, dairy products, sugars, vegetables, and legumes. Ever wonder how plant foods give us energy?</p><ul><li>Plants make glucose (a type of carbohydrate) through a process called photosynthesis. This is where plants absorb sunlight and use it to make energy. The glucose produced is stored in the plant and help it grow.</li><li>Eating plants means that we are also eating the glucose they store. When the glucose enters our body, it is broken down into energy.</li></ul><h2>Types of carbohydrates</h2><p>There are two types of carbohydrates:</p><ul><li>Simple carbohydrates (sugars) are found in foods such as milk, fruit, sugar, candy and honey.</li><li>Complex carbohydrates (starch and <a href="https://akhpub.aboutkidshealth.ca/Article?contentid=964&language=English">fibre</a>) are found in grains, vegetables and legumes (e.g., beans, peas).</li></ul><p>Some complex carbohydrates are better than others.</p><ul><li>Unprocessed grains such as brown rice, whole wheat flour and barley contain fibre, vitamins and minerals. Foods made from these grains, such as whole grain pasta, provide more nutrients per serving.</li><li>Refined or processed grains, such as white flour and white rice, have had much of the fibre removed and contain fewer nutrients such as less B vitamins and iron.</li></ul><p>Encourage your child to eat nutritious foods that do not contribute to excess consumption of sugar. This includes limiting sugars that are either added to processed foods or naturally occurring in syrups and concentrated beverages.</p><h2>Effect of carbohydrates on blood sugar</h2><p>Each type of carbohydrate affects your blood sugar level differently.</p><ul><li>Simple carbohydrates and processed grains can cause a sharp, short-term increase in the level of sugar in your blood. This gives you a short energy "spike", but it soon disappears.</li><li>Unprocessed grains and complex carbohydrates increase blood sugar levels only slightly and keep them stable for longer. This is partly because these grains contain more soluble fibre. This type of fibre becomes gel-like when it is mixed with water or other liquids in the gut. It slows the absorption of the sugar, which helps to maintain blood sugar levels and helps you feel full for longer.</li></ul><p>You can find excellent sources of fibre in nutritious foods like <a href="https://www.aboutkidshealth.ca/Article?contentid=1437&language=English">vegetables and fruit</a> and <a href="https://www.aboutkidshealth.ca/Article?contentid=1438&language=English">whole grain products</a>.</p>https://assets.aboutkidshealth.ca/AKHAssets/Carbohydrates_2021.jpgCarbohydrates (carbs) False

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