What are carbohydrates?
The primary role of carbohydrates (sugars and starches) is to provide energy to the cells in the body, particularly the brain, which is the only carbohydrate-dependent organ in the body.

What happens if I have a deficiency in carbohydrates?
The absolute lower limit of dietary carbohydrates is zero. The Masai population consume a diet with minimal carbohydrates without apparent effects on health or longevity.

However, the RDA is set at 130 g/d for adults and children based on the average minimum amount of glucose utilized by the brain. While the body can produce glucose from other sources, it is much easier to produce glucose from carbohydrates.

What happens if I have excess carbohydrates?
Excess sugars such as sucrose, high- fructose corn syrup and dextrose that are present in foods have been associated with various adverse health effects such as diabetes and hyperglycemia

Source: DRI for Energy, Carbohydrate, Fiber, Fat, Fatty Acids, Cholesterol, Protein, and Amino Acids (Macronutrients) (2005).

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