Simple Carbohydrates

Nutrition

Function

They are digested, absorbed quickly and provide a short burst of energy.

Major Sources

The major sources are glucose, maltose, fructose, and sucrose.

Not Enough or Too Much

If you don't get enough carbohydrates, the level of sugar in your blood may drop to the normal range and then your body starts to burn fat for energy.

If you have too much carbohydrates, it may cause sugar spikes which increases the risk for diabetes.

Interesting Facts

-When resting, people get about 10% of their energy as protein, 40% from fat and 50% from carbohydrates.

-In moderate intensity activity, the energy source is 50% fat and 50% carbohydrate.

-Found in fruits, milk, processed sugar, molasses and honey.

Acrostic Poem

Simple carbs contain one or two sugars.

Included in foods such as fruits, milk, processed sugar, molasses and honey.

Main source of energy.

Potatoes are not simple carbs.

Less nutritional value are offered.

Even though candy is satisfying to eat, it lacks vitamins, minerals and fiber.


Chocolate, cake and candy are simple sugars.

Are very rapidly digested.

Refined sugars are found.

Bread is not a simple carb.

Sugar is a simple carb.