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Re: What is a Carbohydrate?

Re: What is a Carbohydrate?

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Posted by Alan S. on November 18, 2000 at 11:27:06:

In Reply to: What is a Carbohydrate? posted by Matt on November 17, 2000 at 20:53:07:

: : : : It was claimed in a previous message that to melt the pounds away, that all you needed to do was give up dairy. A seperate poster said all you needed to do was give up charbohydrates. In your opinions, to get quick weight loss, which should i cut? Thanks.

: : : Cut out the simple (sugars) and complex (just another word for starch) carbohydrates. Fiber is ok. By cutting the carbs, this will also cut out some of the dairy such as whole and low fat milk, and most flavored yogurt. Most cheese is ok since it is low in carbs. Alan S.

: : I agree with Allan and It sure worked for me. In one year I lost 145 pounds and have kept it off. At first I missed them but the joy of being slim again is worth the sacrifice of things like yogart( which I too love) As far as the milk just go to cream and dilute it with water and you have no carbs and no sugar.

: I must be stupid or something, but I was wondering what exactly a carbohydrate is. I was under the naieve impression that a carbohydrate was simply a starch -- like French bread, or a piece of cake. Also, why is Yogurt a carbohydrate? Thanks for the illumination.

You have basically three types of carbohydrates; "simple", which are sugars; "complex", which are also known as starch and just consist of a chain of sugars (the digestive system breaks the complex carbs or starches into simple sugars); and "fiber", which is non-digestable. The carbohydrate in milk is due to lactose (milk sugar). The carbohydrate in yogurt is due to lactose and common fruit flavorings which typically have added sugar. And most fruits, especially bananas, are high in carbohydrate content - not good if you are on a low-carb fat loss diet. Alan S.


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