Nutritional Importance

Some carbohydrate types of specific importance in human nutrition are sugars and sugar alcohols, starch, and dietary fiber.


The Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and the World Health Organization (WHO) expert consultation on carbohydrates use the term 'sugar' to describe monosaccharides and disaccharides. Sugars can be separated analytically from the food matrix by gas-liquid chromatography (GLC), high performance liquid chromatography, and enzymatic methods. Sugars are widely used in the food industry as sweeteners and preservatives. They improve the texture, body, palatability, and viscosity of foods and beverages.

The UK Department of Health distinguishes between 'intrinsic' and 'extrinsic' sugars. Intrinsic sugars are defined as those that occur naturally as part of the plant cell walls. Extrinsic sugars were defined as added sugars or those present when the ch2oh HO-f-A O

Good Carb Diet

Good Carb Diet

WHAT IT IS A three-phase plan that has been likened to the low-carbohydrate Atkins program because during the first two weeks, South Beach eliminates most carbs, including bread, pasta, potatoes, fruit and most dairy products. In PHASE 2, healthy carbs, including most fruits, whole grains and dairy products are gradually reintroduced, but processed carbs such as bagels, cookies, cornflakes, regular pasta and rice cakes remain on the list of foods to avoid or eat rarely.

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