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Know The Role of Carbohydrates in Body

Carbohydrates are a major food group in your diet. So, before you eliminate it completely, it is necessary to know the functions that these compounds perform in your body :

# Carbohydrates are the main source of energy in your body. released into the bloodstream. All carbs – simple and complex are ultimately broken down into glucose which is then released into the bloodstream. This glucose is absorbed as and when required to provide the body with energy. The excess amount is converted into glycogen and stored in the This glucose is absorbed in the tissues of liver and muscle so that they can later be utilized as necessary.

# Carbs promote the secretion of a hormone called serotonin which helps to prevent anxiety and depression. According to one study from the Archives of Internal Medicine, it was seen that consuming even half a cup of rice and a slice of bread can markedly reduce anxiety, depression and moodiness.

# In spite of its bad public image, carbs can actually help you to lose weight. In a study in Utah it was found that women with more dietary fibers in their food lost weight more rapidly than did those who consumed a low amount of fiber. It is good quality carbs which can supply high amount of fiber to your diet.

# Certain types of carbs can promote better health for your heart. Increasing your soluble fiber intake by only 5 to 10 grams per day can increase the HDL cholesterol in your body and lower the LDL cholesterol, leading to healthier cardiovascular system.

# Carbs may influence your memory functions though the exact mechanism is still a matter of research. In a study from Tufts University, the memory functions of two groups of overweight dieting women were tested. Those who went for low carb diet performed poorly in respect to memory as compared to those who opted for low calorie diet.Slow release carbs can actually maintain a steady level of insulin and prevent storage of fat in your body. This is why nutritionists recommend a breakfast of such slow releasing carbs like oatmeal or bran cereal.