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Foods such as potatoes, bread, pasta and rice are given as examples of carbohydrates. Starches, sugars and cellulose are all mentioned. The difference between refined and unrefined carbohydrates is explained. Further explanation of how excess carbohydrate is stored as fat and how most energy in balanced diet should come from carbohydrate is given. The role of fibre in digestion is mentioned.
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25 March 2003

Classroom Ideas

Discuss the role of carbohydrates and fibre in the diet, comparing refined and unrefined carbohydrates and the rate at which energy is released by different foods. Look at how our bodies use carbohydrate, as a direct source of energy or by storing them as fats.