Apporximately 65 percent of your daily calories should come from
carbohydrates. These are split into two different kinds; complex carbohydrates, and simple
carbohydrates. Another name for complex carbohydrates is starches. The simple
carbohydrates are bascically natural sugars, the ones you get from fruit. These simple
carbohydrates should make up about 10 percent of your daily calories. Starches should make
up about 55 perecent.
Starches provide energy in abundance and are vital
for a healthy diet. A diet in starch can also be considered a weight loss diet. People
think that starches are fattening, but they are in fact helper foods to losing wait.
Starches, however, can be fattening if you eat too much, like any food that contains
calories. Up to a third of all starch calories are not digested and instead pass through
you unabsorbed. The calories that you do get from starches are easier to burn off than
calories that come from fats or protein.
You can find starches in a variety of sources. The biggest thing is to use whole wheat
flour when making foods.
Like starches, simple carbohydrates provide energy.
They give you quick surges rather than long-term boosts. The best sources are fruits.
Nonfalt milk is also a simple cabohydrate. There is another kind of energy booster that is
harmful to your diet. They are made artificially and add nothing to your diet. They derive
from plant sources, from which they are extracted. They give useless calories and it's
strongly urged to stay away from them.
Fiber is technically a carbohydrate, except you
don't digest it. Fiber has a key role in helping your body fight diseases. Some benifits
of fiber are that it keeps your digestive system running smoothly and elminates waste
often. There are two basic kinds of fiber. Soluble fiber, which disolves in water soaking
up fluid in your stomach and small intestine. It also absorbs fats and cholesterol. The
other kind of fiber moves through your body cleaning up substances that you have eaten
that may be harmful. It also speeds up the time it takes for food to get from the entrance
of your digestive track to the other. With enough fiber, you can cut that time in half.