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