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Among the common fads and trends our society has seen in the past few years a rather unlikely one would be that of carbohydrates Carbohydrates provide our bodies with our basic source of energy to carry on day-to-day functions Americans seem to be fascinated by the role that they play in our diets and the impact that they have on the body What exactly is a carbohydrate It is defined as 1 Any various compounds composed of carbon hydrogen and oxygen such as sugar and starch All living organisms use carbohydrates as a fuel for energy To obtain such as humans we get our carbohydrates from eating foods such as breads pastas fruits and vegetables Our bodies then digest the food and then convert it to glucose C6H12O6 In cellular respiration cells take the energy that is stored in glucose molecules The skeleton left behind is used for the synthesis of other molecules like amino acids and fatty acids Carbohydrates are organized into three different groups Monosaccharides Disaccharides and Polysaccharides You might ask What is the difference Isnt a carbohydrate a carbohydrate Each one is composed of glucose but the amounts of glucose are completely different in each one A Monosaccharide is made from a single glucose molecule Disaccharides are formed from the linkage of two Monosaccharides Finally Polysaccharides are a product of a few hundred to a few thousand Monosaccharides linked together Often Polysaccharides are used for protecting a cell Another common function for a Polysaccharide is that of storage For storage plants produce Starch another form of a carbohydrate Dr Robert Atkinson famous for his book Dr Atkinsons New Diet Revolution has sold millions of copies based on his world-renowned diet He takes the ideas of low carbohydrates in place of low fats and calories and incorporates high proteins and nutrients for a winning combination that has worked for millions of people including myself whom has lost 25 pounds and dropped nearly 3
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