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5 Questions and Answers about Carbohydrates

Question #1: What is a carbohydrate?

Answer: Carbohydrates are one of three macronutrients. (The other two are protein and fat). They contain carbon, hydrogen, and oxygen atoms. Carbohydrates provide most of the energy that we need in our daily lives, both for normal body functions such as our heartbeats, breathing, and digestion and actual physical activity like exercise.

Question #2: What foods contain carbohydrates? 

Answer: You can find carbohydrates in a wide variety of foods, including…

• Grains and grain products

• Fruits

• Vegetables

• Beans and legumes

• Dairy products

• Sugars

Question #3: Can or should I eliminate carbohydrates from my eating pattern? 

Answer: It is not wise to completely cut out any macronutrient. High-carbohydrate foods are the best and sometimes only food sources of many essential nutrients, including…

• Fiber

• Vitamins C & E

• The majority of B vitamins

• Carotenoids and other beneficial phytochemicals

• Potassium

• The majority of trace minerals

An eating pattern that is low or deficient in any of these nutrients can lead to many health problems, including increased risk for osteoporosis, high blood pressure, and heart disease.

Question #4: Are all carbohydrate foods roughly the same?

Answer: Nope. Not all high-carbohydrate foods are created equal. Some, such as whole grains, fruits, and vegetables, provide vital nutrients and can actually help you eat fewer calories without hunger, while others are full of empty calories and don’t offer much satiety.

Question #5: What carbohydrates are the best to include in my eating pattern?

Answer: Some of the best carbohydrate sources for good health include fruits and vegetables, especially nonstarchy vegetables like lettuce, broccoli, tomatoes, and spinach. You should also try to eat grains that are in a more whole, unprocessed state like brown rice, whole wheat bread, and oatmeal.

Plus, you can find carbohydrates in the dairy and protein food groups. Get 2-3 servings of nonfat, unsweetened/flavored milk or yogurt per day. Choose high-protein foods that are good for your heart, like beans and nuts.

Article Source: Communicating Food for Health, May 15, 2017

MSU Extension Service


A green bean canning workshop is scheduled Friday, June, 2, at 10 a.m. at the Extension Office.  Participants will learn to process green beans using the pressure canner.  Participants will be able to take home finished product.  A non-refundable fee of $5 is due at registration and must be paid to be considered registered for the class.  Space is limited.  Registration deadline is May 31.

The 4-H Master Chef’s School is a three-day cooking program offered for youth, ages 8-13.  During this program, youth will learn about nutrition, food safety, cooking techniques and etiquette. The participants will also gain cooking skills through the preparation of several recipes each day. Master Chef School will be held Wednesday, June 28 – Friday June 30, from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. There is a $30 supply fee that is due at registration. Checks should be made payable to Yalobusha County 4-H. The registration fee must be paid to be considered registered for class.  Register soon, the class is almost full!  Call the Extension Office for more information at 675-2730.  

Healthy You Exercise Classes are free and meet every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 9 until 9:45 a.m.  Make sure to wear cool, comfortable clothes, good walking shoes and bring some water to drink.  

Crochet MHV Club will meet on Thursday, June 1, at 10 a.m.  The group is led by volunteer Karol Jarman.  You will need to bring the yarn of your choice and a crochet hook.  

Sewing for Service will meet on Monday, June 5 at 10 a.m.  Participants will continue working on the pillowcase dresses for Operation Christmas Child.

The Create MHV Club will meet on Tuesday, June 6, at 9 a.m.  They will be making a patriotic wreath. Visit our Facebook page, search MSU – Yalobusha County Extension Service to see a picture of the wreath.

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