What Is Carbohydrate?

Carbohydrate is one of the three main macronutrients and is the preferred source of energy in the body, because it can be metabolised and used very quicky.

When you eat carbohydrates, they get broken down into glucose to provide energy to your body with any unused glucose being converted into glycogen and stored in your muscles and liver for future use.

It’s believed that your liver can store approximately 100g of glycogen which is used to maintain blood glucose levels between meals. Whereas, your muscles can typically store 400 – 500g of glycogen which is used to provide energy to enable movement.

Carbohydrates also aid in the proper function of your heart, brain, kidneys, and muscles, and is important for intestinal health and digestion.

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