Doylestown Boot Camp Inquires About Carbohydrate Intake

healthy carbohydrate intakeDoylestown Boot Camp asks what carbohydrates are healthiest to eat. Let’s start with what carbohydrates are and how they are essential to a healthy body. There are simple and complex carbohydrates.

Simple carbs are made of just one or two sugar molecules and are the quickest source of energy as they are very rapidly digested. Sources of simple carbs are table sugar, brown sugar, corn syrup, jams, jellies, fruit drinks, soft drinks and candy.

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The Fact on Fats

fat intakeWhat is fat and how much should we consume in a day? There are two types of fat, saturated and unsaturated. A chemical process called hydrogenation alters the texture of foods by making liquid vegetable oils more solid (as in margarine and shortening).

Fats that are hydrogenated are called trans fats which consumed in great quantities increase blood cholesterol and increase the risk of heart disease. Coconut oil, butter, animal fat, cheese, bacon, ice cream, margarine, fried foods (hydrogenated shortening), snack foods (chips, crackers and microwave popcorn) are examples of saturated trans fats and should be eliminated from the diet.

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