What are carbohydrates ?
Carbohydrates is the fuel that gives you energy and helps keep everything going.
You can find carbohydrates in the following:
- Breads, cereals, and other grains
- Milk and milk productssugar-sweetened
- Foods containing added sugars
Why are carbs good and bad for you ?
Carbs are good and bad for your body
> Bad carbohydrates are simple carbohydrates that are broken down by the body too quickly to provide an adequate source of nutrients, vitamins or energy. Bad carbohydrates are foods that are composed of refined or processed flours and often include added sugars.
> Good carbohydrates are complex carbohydrates that take the body longer to break down. These carbohydrates typically are high in fiber, which takes the body longer to break down and helps stabilize blood sugar levels.
Carbohydrates are the most important because....
They are the most important source of energy not only for athetes but for other people to and no matter what sport you play, carbs provide the energy that fuels muscle contractions. Once eaten, carbohydrates breakdown into smaller sugars that get absorbed and used as energy and any glucose not needed right away gets stored in the muscles and the liver in the form of glycogen. Once these glycogen stores are filled up, any extra gets stored as fat.