By: Michael Greger,MD. is a physician, author, and internationally recognized professional speaker on a number of important public health issues.
Glucose is the primary fuel of the human body, that’s what starches are broken down into. Our body takes glucose in our diet and the oxygen we breathe in and makes energy to power our bodies, water, and carbon dioxide that we breathe out. Plants then take the water and CO2 and make oxygen and organic compounds like glucose and the cycle continues in this circle of life.
That’s what carbohydrate means, basically hydrated carbon–carbon and water, which is what plants use to make carbs with, and all that’s left after we burn them for energy in our muscles and brain, but this process of oxidizing glucose to make energy is messy, and generates free radicals, such that if we chug down straight sugar-water the level of oxidation…
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