What Are Carbohydrates? Types of Carbs
Complex Carbs, Simple Carbs, Sugars, Starches, Dietary Fiber

Carbs in Food
Glycemic Index GI of Carbs
Glycemic Load of Carbs
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What Are Carbohydrates?

Complex Carbohydrates - Carbohydrate Science - Synthesis of Carbohydrates - Benefit of Carbohydrates - Monosaccharides
Disaccharides - Oligosaccharides - Polysaccharides - Simple Carbohydrates - Starch - Sugars
Dietary Fiber - Types of Dietary Fiber - Best Sources of Dietary Fiber - Benefits of Dietary Fiber
Daily Fiber Needs - Fiber & Weight Loss - Fiber & Low Carb Diets

Carbs are the main energy source for the human body. As the name "carbohydrate" suggests, carbs are a mixture of carbon, hydrogen and oxygen. Carbohydrates are manufactured inside plants from carbon dioxide in the air and water, under the influence of sunlight. (A process called photosynthesis).

Types of Carbohydrates

Carbohydrates are classified in various ways.

(1) Carbs can be classified into types according to their molecular or biological structure. The two main types are Simple Carbohydrates (or "simple sugars"), like Monosaccharides and Disaccharides; and Complex Carbohydrates (or "complex sugars"), like Oligosaccharides and Polysaccharides.

(2) Carbs are sometimes classified into sugars, starches and dietary fiber (aka. non-starch polysaccharides). Generally, sugars are "simple carbs", while starches and dietary fiber are "complex carbs". But fructose (fruit sugar) is a simple carb that behaves like a complex carb!

(3) Carbs can be divided according to how fast they are digested, and thus how quickly they raise our blood sugar levels. The Glycemic Index divides carbohydrate-containing foods into high, medium or low glycemic index foods.

(4) Carbs can be classified into refined or unrefined carbohydrates, depending on how "processed" they are by food manufacturers.

Carbs and Nutrition

From a nutritional viewpoint, carbohydrates are essential to any healthy diet as they are rich in nutrition and contain a range of vitamins, minerals, phtyo-chemicals and other micronutrients. Low carb diets are typically lacking in sufficient nutrition, which is why they often advise low carb dieters to take multi-nutrient supplements. Whether nutrition out of a bottle is as good as nutrition from food is an open question.

Carbohydrates Definition
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Starch/Starchy Carbohydrates
Sugars Carbohydrates
Carb Counting Guide
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Fiber in Diet
Dietary Fiber
Types of Fiber
Best Sources of Fiber
Benefits of Fiber
Daily Fiber Needs

Nutrition & Carbohydrate
Nutrition in Carbs
Minerals in Carbohydrates
Vitamins in Carbohydrates
Phytochemicals in Carbs

Carbs and Glycemic Index
Digestion of Carbs
Blood Glucose Levels
Glucose into Energy
What is Glycogen?
How is GI Measured?
What Affects Glycemic Value?
Glycemic Index Food Chart
Glycemic Index Food Pyramid
Glycemic Value of a Meal
GI Values in Carbohydrates
GI Value For Beans
GI Value For Bread
GI Value For Cereal
GI Value For Dairy Food
GI Value For Drinks
GI Value For Fruit
GI Value For Meat/Fish
GI Value For Nuts
GI Value For Snacks
GI Value For Starchy Carbs
GI Value For Sugar
GI Value For Vegetables
GI Value For Whole Grains

Carbohydrate in Foods
Atkins Diet Foods
Energy Bars
Flour/Baking Foods
Ice Cream
Milk, Cream,Yogurt

Carbs in Food cont/
Soy Food
Zone Diet Foods

Diet Recipes
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Carb-Controlled Diets
Atkins Diet
South Beach Diet
Zone Diet
Low Carb Dieting
Benefits of Low Carb Diets
Low Carb Diets Health Risks
Ketosis - High Ketones in Blood
Gluconeogenesis Guide
Free Low Carb Diet Advice
Low Carb Weight Loss Diet

Diabetes, Insulin, Obesity
Diabetes Information
Hyperglycemia - High Blood Glucose
Hypoglycemia - Low Blood Glucose
Obesity Information
Diabesity, Diabetes and Obesity
Insulin Information
Insulin and Obesity
Types of Insulin
Hyperinsulimia - High Insulin Levels
Insulin Resistance Syndrome

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