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4: Carbohydrates

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    39933
  • Learning Objectives

    After completing this unit, you should be able to:

    1. Classify the different types of carbohydrates, identify their food sources, and discuss how these carbohydrates are digested and absorbed in the body.
    2. Define the guidelines for total carbohydrate, fiber, and added sugar intake.
    3. Explain how glucose is regulated and utilized in the body and describe how the body adapts to a low carbohydrate intake.
    4. List the causes, complications, and treatment for different types of diabetes.
    5. Be able to describe the health benefits, types of, and food sources of dietary fiber.
    6. Differentiate between whole and refined grains in foods by examining food labels.
    7. Distinguish between added and natural-occurring sugars in foods, and discuss health implications of too much added sugar.
    8. Identify sugar substitutes in foods, and describe potential benefits and drawbacks of sugar substitutes.

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