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Carbohydrates 101

Many people misunderstand the importance and function of carbohydrates within the body and therefore avoid adequately inputting this critical macronutrient. Carbohydrates are a macronutrient which is necessary to ensure balanced nutrition in conjunction with the other two macronutrients– fats and proteins. Carbohydrates are the most readily available source of energy since this macronutrient is stored in our muscles and liver as glycogen and is found in whole grains, fruits, vegetables and legumes.

There are two types of carbohydrates: slow digesting (long carbon chains) and fast digesting. Slow digesting carbs come from unprocessed foods such as whole grains, fruits and vegetables which maintain our blood sugar levels allowing our bodies to burn fat efficiently. Fast digesting carbs are found in foods such as processed flour, soda and many candies/sweets. Inputting these carbs may raise the blood sugar levels rapidly and signal your body to stop burning fat.

Whether your goal is to maintain weight, lose weight or build muscle, you will need to refuel and recover following your workout. Our shakes at The Blend are created to provide you with an ideal portion of carbohydrates, proteins and fats enhancing refueling and recovery. Stop by The Blend today and order a delicious, nutritious shake!

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