September 16, 2008

Carbohydrate Functions in Human Body

Carbohydrate Functions in Human Body
In order to carry put its day to day physiological functions and maintain a constant body temperature (invariably in an environment of changing temperature, usually less than that of body temperature), the body requires a constant source of energy.

Beyond its continuing maintenance needs for energy, the body periodically needs relatively larger amounts of energy to do work or to engage in other vigorous physical activities.

Human derive their energy mainly from carbohydrate (55 – 65%), although they can also utilize fats and proteins for this purpose.

The carbohydrates are a class of chemical compounds that consist of carbon, oxygen and hydrogen.

The carbohydrates that are important in nutrition include the sugars, the starches, the dextrin, and glycogen. Cellulose, pectin, and other carbohydrate are not important nutritionally.
Carbohydrate Functions in Human Body

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