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Protein: A Chemical Breakdown

Protein : A chemical breakdown

All protein in your body is made up of amino acids. It is estimated that the human body has the ability to generate over 1 million different types of proteins. Believe it or not, 10,000 different proteins may exist in a single cell of your body AND each one requires a different arrangement of amino acids.

There are a total of 22 different types of amino acids. The body’s cells connect these amino acids to create each specific protein. Your body efficiently assesses with precision which protein is needed and produces it.

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Carbohydrates: Chemical Breakdown

Now it’s time for the Carbohydrate Breakdown:

According to their chemical composition: From Simple to Complex.

This doesn’t have to be so confusing. Think simple means that you’re body doesn’t have to work to break them down. This would normally be a good thing, less stress on the body, however that is not the case when it comes to carbs. Simple carbs spike your blood sugar, meaning that your cells absorb the sugar immediately and begin transporting it to the blood, and while sugar does belong in the blood, it does not need to be there in such high quantities. For example, if you give a child a candy that is very high in sugar you may see them start bouncing off the walls and acting crazy. This is not their fault. This is the product of too much sugar entering their bloodstream at one time. The other problem is that often these sugar spikes are found in non-nutritive food, meaning that the primary constituent of the food is sugar. Complex carbohydrates are starchy vegetables and grains.

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Carbs : The Bottom Line

Carbs : The Bottom Line
You should eat them.

Carbohydrates spare protein so that protein can concentrate on building, repairing, and maintaining body tissues instead of being used up as an energy source.

Carbohydrates must be present for fat to be metabolized properly. If there aren’t enough carbohydrates, large amounts of fat are used for energy. (Why do people love to go on Carb-Free diets? It is a terrible idea.) The body is not able to handle this large amount so quickly, so it accumulates ketone bodies, which make the body acidic. This causes a condition called ketosis.

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Carbohydrate Says What?

Carbohydrates, also known as Carbs, are brain food. They have been bastardized and misunderstood for some time but many people living a healthy lifestyle understand that without carbohydrates the completion of tasks becomes very difficult. Often withholding nutritional power from the brain brings some people to a place called lala land, as well as sugar highs and lows.

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