Graham, Robbie, Xavier

How does your body use this nutrient?

Our bodies use Carbohydrates as a source of energy because they are broken down into glucose then put into our blood stream.

What foods is the nutrient found in?

Unhealthy high carbohydrate foods include sugary cereals, crackers, cakes, flours, jams, preserves, bread products, refined potato products, and sugary drinks. Healthy high carbohydrate foods include vegetables, beans, whole grains, fruits, nuts, and yogurt.

Does the nutrient provide energy? If so, how much?

Yes they provide energy it depends how much you eat.

Each gram of Carbs gives you 4 calories.

What happens if your body does not have enough (deficiency) of the nutrient?

The sugar level in your blood will decrease making you feel sick

What happens if your body has too much (excess) of the nutrient?

The carbs are broken down into glucose (sugar) and is put into the bloodstream but when the Pancreas can't make insulin fast enough your body starts to do things wrong.

What are the health benefits with this nutrient?

Provides energy

Prevents diseases

Carbs can boost your mood

Prevent Weight Gain

Healthy Carbs are good for your heart

They can keep your memory sharp

Different Types of Carbs

Simple Carbs:
All simple carbohydrates are made of just one or two sugar molecules. They are the fastest source of energy, as they are very quickly digested.

Complex Carbs

Complex carbohydrates are made up of sugar molecules that are strung together in long, complex chains. Complex carbohydrates are found in foods such as peas, beans, whole grains, and vegetables

Both Carbohydrates are turned into glucose and are used in the body for energy

Three tips on how an 8th grader can add more of this nutrient into their diet

  • Eat lots of grains

  • Drink lots of milk or eat yogurt

  • Eat lots of fruits and vegetables

A review set ( 5 questions) for the class to answer

  • What is the difference between complex carbs and simple carbs?

  • What does complex carbs have in them?

  • What does simple carbs have in them?
  • Do you even need to eat carbs?
  • If your trying to lose weight which foods are good to eat?

Two recipes where your nutrient is prominent/stands out.