Types of carbohydrates

The carbohydrates (also known as carbohydrates), they come to be a source of energy for the organism, helping in the mood of people, at the same time that they feed the nervous system and the brain activity itself.

In this sense, the brain almost exclusively needs a constant supply of glucose, since it uses approximately 140 g. per day, an amount that -in fact- can represent up to 50% of the total carbohydrates that are consumed.

What are carbohydrates made of?

The carbohydrates, chemically, they are composed of carbon, hydrogen and oxygen. Given the combination of these chemical elements, it is what will end up defining if we are facing a simple or complex carbohydrate.

Types of carbohydrates

  • Simple carbohydrates
    They are usually those provided by refined sugars. They are, in fact, considered as empty calories, since they either wear out or accumulate in the form of fat.
    This is because, as they can be absorbed by our body very quickly and well, they quickly raise insulin, which offers the possibility of using glucose, but also the synthesis of triglycerides ( lower high triglycerides).
    At this point, and given that insulin works equally fast, the glucose level drops and hunger reappears.
  • Complex carbohydrates
    They come to be the most recommended, since they tend to be absorbed more slowly than the simple ones, at the same time they provide an extra of vitamins, proteins, minerals and a lot of fiber.
    For this reason, glucose does not rise as much, as it increases steadily, not creating a sensation of hunger then.
    We find them in legumes, potatoes, pasta, fruits, vegetables ...

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