JUN 18, 2016 2:02 PM PDT

Proteins, Carbohydrates & Fats

WRITTEN BY: Julianne Chiaet

CARBOHYDRATES
Carbohydrates are your mind and body's main source of energy. There are two types of carbs: complex and simple. Complex carbs are starches. They burn slower than simple carbohydrates, which are sugars. Carbohydrates are stored in the liver and muscle cells in the form of glycogen.

PROTEINS
Amino acids are often referred to as the "building blocks of protein." The body needs protein to grow and repair itself. For instance, your body needs protein after working out and lifting weights because protein helps repair and strengthen the broken tissue.

FATS
Fats actually have a lot of great qualities. Fats keep the body warm, protects organs, and assists certain organs in absorbing vitamins. Some of these organs include the brain, heart, and lungs. There are three main categories of fat: saturated, polyunsaturated, and monounsaturated. Saturated fats are mostly found in animal and dairy products. Polyunsaturated fats are found in foods such as corn, sunflower oils, and some fish oils. Monounsaturated fats are found in vegetables and nut oils.

Sources: BodyBuilding.com, Kripalu.org, Revision App - Student Blog (YouTube channel)
About the Author
  • Julianne (@JuliChiaet) covers health and medicine for LabRoots. Her work has been published in The Daily Beast, Scientific American, and MailOnline. While primarily a science journalist, she has also covered culture and Japanese organized crime. She is the New York Board Representative for the Asian American Journalists Association (AAJA). • To read more of her writing, or to send her a message, go to Jchiaet.com
You May Also Like
JUL 31, 2020
Plants & Animals
This Fungus Spreads by Manipulating Male Cicadas into Mimicking Females
JUL 31, 2020
This Fungus Spreads by Manipulating Male Cicadas into Mimicking Females
Researchers from West Virginia University (WVU) recently discovered how a parasitic fungus uses male cicadas to spread i ...
SEP 25, 2020
Chemistry & Physics
Colossal Study for the Missing (Anti)Matter
SEP 25, 2020
Colossal Study for the Missing (Anti)Matter
Physicists believe that our observable universe exists in a mirrored configuration: any fundamental particle such as pro ...
OCT 22, 2020
Space & Astronomy
Why Do Galaxies Come in Different Shapes?
OCT 22, 2020
Why Do Galaxies Come in Different Shapes?
When looking it galaxies, it takes little to realize that they come in different shapes- whether they're swirling bl ...
NOV 05, 2020
Chemistry & Physics
No, Gravity Doesn't Affect How Bubbles Collapse
NOV 05, 2020
No, Gravity Doesn't Affect How Bubbles Collapse
The ubiquitous presence of bubbles makes them a common phenomenon, but interestingly our understanding of this globular ...
DEC 11, 2020
Chemistry & Physics
Cosmic Expansion: Universe Stretches, We don't
DEC 11, 2020
Cosmic Expansion: Universe Stretches, We don't
Physicists believe that we exist in an expanding universe. But what does that mean? Do our habitats, bodies, and atoms & ...
DEC 15, 2020
Immunology
The Possibility of Improving an Older Adult's Response to Vaccines
DEC 15, 2020
The Possibility of Improving an Older Adult's Response to Vaccines
A recent study published in the eLife journal examined how they can improve older adults' responses to vaccines ...
Loading Comments...