Carbohidratos complejos

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Carbohidratos complejos

Los carbohidratos complejos están hechos de moléculas de azúcar que se extienden juntas en complejas cadenas largas. Dichos carbohidratos se encuentran en alimentos tales como guisantes, fríjoles, granos enteros y hortalizas. Tanto los carbohidratos complejos como los carbohidratos simples se convierten en glucosa en el cuerpo y son usados como energía. La glucosa es usada en las células del cuerpo y del cerebro y la que no se utiliza se almacena en el hígado y los músculos como glucógeno para su uso posterior. Los alimentos que contienen carbohidratos complejos suministran vitaminas y minerales que son importantes para la salud de una persona. La mayoría de la ingesta de carbohidratos debe provenir de los carbohidratos complejos (almidones) y azúcares naturales en lugar de azúcares procesados y refinados.

Carbohidratos complejos

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  • Last reviewed on 5/16/2012
  • Linda J. Vorvick, MD, Medical Director and Director of Didactic Curriculum, MEDEX Northwest Division of Physician Assistant Studies, Department of Family Medicine, UW Medicine, School of Medicine, University of Washington. Also reviewed by David Zieve, MD, MHA, Medical Director, A.D.A.M. Health Solutions, Ebix, Inc.

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