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What are carbohydrates and how do they impact your health?

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Carbohydrates are a controversial topic. Depending on who you listen to, they’re either vital to good health or they’re the root cause of all dietary evil.

The truth is somewhere in between. While they’re not truly necessary for good health (carbs are the one macronutrient our bodies can completely live without), the right kind of carbs can be a tasty part of a healthy diet. The bulk of the carbohydrates we eat, however, amount to little more than a mega-dose of sugar. (Click here to discover the best snacks for type 2 diabetes).

The following video (part of the TED Ed educational series) explains just what carbohydrates are, how our bodies use them, and how they affect our health for better or worse.  

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