The function of carbohydrates

Carbohydrate is present throughout the body and is required for energy needed for movement, growth and chemical reactions and processes.

Carbohydrate is needed for:

  • Providing energy.  This is its primary function.

It can also act as a ‘protein sparer’.  If the diet is low in carbohydrate, then protein is used as an energy source. Protein acts as a backup energy source for the body, ensuring that it has the energy to move, breathe, full functions of internal organs etc.

Carbohydrate should stop the use of protein as an energy source so that the protein can continue its primary function for growth and repair.

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