How do you think you are able to walk from class to class or shoot a basketball in physical education class? Every simple day to day task requires energy. This energy comes from a very important nutrient called a carbohydrate or sometimes called carbs. Carbohydrates are essential and one of the main three nutrients in our food. They are our bodies preferred source of energy. We need carbohydrates and we must be able to decipher between the good carbohydrates and bad carbohydrates. Don’t be mislead by the current fad diets that promote the dangers of carbohydrates. They are an imperative part of a healthy diet. Carbohydrates supply the body with the fuel it needs for physical activity and for suitable organ function. The top sources of carbohydrates—fruits, vegetables, beans, and whole grains—deliver necessary vitamins and minerals, and fiber.
What are Carbohydrates?
They get broken down and converted to energy. There are two different types of carbohydrates
- Simple Carbs: are quick energy sources that includes things like sugars that naturally occur in foods such as fruits (fructose), vegetables (glucose), milk (lactose), and milk products. Simple carbs also include basic sugar (sucrose) and the sugars that are added through food processing and refining. Natural sugars are a much better choice since they contain vitamins, minerals, and fiber.
- Complex Carbs: starch and dietary fiber are the two types of complex carbohydrates.
Starch has to be thoroughly digested into glucose before your body can use it. Starch is found in some vegetables such as potatoes, corn, beans, and in some breads and cereals.
Assignment #1 – Web Read
Assignment #2 – Carbohydrate Acrostic Poem
- Access Acrostic Poem Site and Click Get Started
- Type your Name and Type Carbohydrate as Topic Word
- Follow Directions to complete Poem – using words to make sentences that are associated with CARBOHYDRATES. Each line starts with that certain letter from the word Carbohydrate.
- Save and Print it out
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