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Carbohydrates

What are they?

  • Carbohydrates are polymers of simple sugars.

Why does the body need carbohydrates?

  • They are an excellent energy source for muscles and brain
  • They aid cell hydration
  • They protect muscle tissue from damage
  • They help with fat and protein metabolism

When should carbohydrates be consumed?

  • Earlier in the day or prior to exercise.

What types of carbohydrates are best to consume?

  • Mainly complex carbohydrates with a low glycemic index.

 

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