Nutrition: Carbohydrates Chapter 3
Food for CellsREAD MORE
The Liver Delivers
Like a car battery ready to be turned over, the liver is a stockpile of potential energy. When glucose, the main source of fuel for our cells, isn’t used immediately, it’s stored in the liver as glycogen. As the body calls for energy reserves, the liver breaks down the glycogen and releases glucose into the bloodstream. Glycogen is also stored in muscles, and in limited amounts within the kidneys and intestines. LESS
Calorie Co-ProvidersREAD MORE
All three calorie sources are digested and broken down in the intestine, but each follows its own pathway out and is uniquely metabolized. Carbohydrates can be utilized once broken down into sugar; proteins into amino acids; and fats into fatty acids and glycerol, a so-called “sugar alcohol” or polyol. LESS
Insulin: Opening Cells to GlucoseREAD MORE
Though the body can withstand incredibly long stretches without food, blood sugar has to remain in balance within a reasonable margin. The conditions resulting from too little glucose (hypoglycemia) or too much glucose (hyperglycemia) can indicate chronic conditions and even trigger life-threatening events.
Learn more about the insulin / blood-sugar balance and about diabetes here.
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theVisualMD Wishes to Thank our Scientific Collaborators:
- Julie M. Jones, PhD, CNS., LN.
College of St. Catherine
- David L. Katz, MD, MPH, FACPM, FACP
Yale University School of Medicine
- Mark Liponis, MDCanyon Ranch
- Molly Morgan, RD, CDN, CSSD
Nutritionist, Creative Nutrition Solutions
- Michael Stein, MD
- Chrissy Wellington, MS
Nutritionist, Canyon Ranch
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