Nutrition in Carbs, Calories, Vitamins, Minerals, Phytochemicals
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Carbs are a rich source of nutrition and contain a wide range of nutrients for good health. But before considering the nutritional value and benefits of carbohydrates in detail, we need to understand the meaning of nutrition.

In a nutshell, nutrition is all about how the body uses food to maintain itself in good physical and mental condition (good health). Good nutritional health requires two things:

  • Sufficient CALORIES from food, which can be converted into energy to power the muscles as well as the thousands of chemical reactions that occur inside the body. Remember, all your organs, including your brain, your glands, hormones, bones and cells need a constant supply of energy to perform their chemical tasks. Your digestive system, cardiovascular system and immune system depend on this regular flow of food energy, without which they would cease to function. Carbohydrates are a rich source of easily-convertable energy - indeed, many nutritional experts consider carbs to be the body's preferred energy source.

  • Sufficient NUTRIENTS from food to build and repair tissues. Nutrients are specific chemical substances that the human body needs for healthy growth and maintenance. Although the body can manufacture many nutrients by itself, (non-essential nutrients), it needs to obtain others from food, or supplements, (essential nutrients). Carbohydrates are a rich source of nutrients.

Macronutrients and Micronutrients

Food nutrients are divided into two main groups. (1) Macronutrients (carbohydrates, fat, protein and water); and (2) Micronutrients (vitamins and minerals). The only difference between these nutrients is the amount we need. Our daily requirements for micronutrients are relatively small (less than 1 gram, per day), while our daily need for macronutrients is much greater. For example, official guidelines suggest an average daily intake of about 50-60 grams of protein, and about 65 grams of fat. Carbohydrates contain many different micronutrients, including several vitamins and minerals (like vitamins B2, B3, B5, C, and the minerals Chromium, Manganese and Zinc) that are useful for weight loss.

Nutritional Research - Phytochemicals

Just like nutrition researchers discovered vitamins in the earlier part of the twentieth century, food scientists are now uncovering the value of "phytochemicals" - a new group of chemical substances in plants that boost health. Being plant substances, all phytochemicals are carbohydrates. Examples of phytochemicals include: carotenoids (eg. beta-cryptoxanthin from mangoes; lutein, from dark green leafy vegetables; lycopene from tomatoes), polyphenols (eg. epigallocatechin gallate from green tea), bioflavenoids, phytoestrogens and organosulphides to name but a few. These phytochemicals appear to have potent disease-prevention properties and should be included in any healthy diet for good nutrition.

See also: Nutrient Analysis of Atkins Diet Menus

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