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1 Simple and Complex Carbohydrates Presented by: Jose Lara Kristy Lopez Elizabeth Martinez

2 What are Carbohydrates? the main nutrient in grain products the fuel that keeps the body going most preferred source of energy they make up the largest volume (60%) of our daily food. Recommended intake per the USDA is 14 grams per 1000 calories.

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5 Which Carbohydrate is Better? Simple or Complex The Bell Curve Explanation Complex Carbohydrates = long sustained, over the long-haul continuous energy supply Simple Carbohydrates = quick high, quick low

6 If you cant remember the list… Read the labels. – If the label lists sugar, sucrose, fructose, corn syrup, white or "wheat" flour, they contain simple carbohydrates. – If these ingredients are at the top of the list, they may contain mostly simple carbohydrates, and little else. The closer you get to nature, the closer you get to health.

7 References: Activity from Utah Education Network: Bell curve picture from: Complex carbohydrates picture from: Recommended carbohydrate intake from: er7.pdf er7.pdf Simple carbohydrates picture from:


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