If you are undergoing a vegetarian diet, liquid diet or any diet programs which will only require you to eat fruits and vegetables, then you must be thinking that you are not taking some food components which contribute to weight gain such as sugar and carbohydrates. The truth of the matter is that, fruits and vegetables contain an exceptional amount of carbohydrates. There are actually two types of carbohydrates, simple and complex. The ones in fruits and vegetables are the simple carbohydrates. There are bountiful kinds of fruits available in the market and one of the most delicious and perfect for dieters are apples. So what is something interesting about carbohydrates in apples? The following paragraph will provide you some of the significant facts that you ought to know about carbohydrates in apples.
An apple weighing approximately 125 grams contains 17.3 grams of simple carbohydrates. The amount of carbohydrates in a single apple can provide you 260 kJ (kilo joules) of energy. Simple carbohydrates are also called simple sugars. It must be true that simple carbohydrates in apples are considered simple sugars but fruits like apples also contain a specific kind of sugar which is called fructose. As you eat the apple, its carbohydrate content together with its fat and protein contents is converted into calories. Its sugar in fructose form is converted into glucose and the rest of the nutrients are being absorbed by the body. The bodily mechanism responsible for all those processes is called metabolism. You must now be reluctant if you are still going to buy apples the next time you go to the market after hearing such information. But there are still some several things you may not know yet.
Just like any other fruits and vegetables, apples contain phythonutrients which can help you to regulate your blood sugar level. Recent studies have shown that polyphenols in apples can help in the prevention of diabetes. Flavonoids, specifically quercitin, are found in apples. The compound effectively inhibits the enzymes such as alpha-glocosidase and alpha-amylase which are known to be involved in breaking down complex carbohydrates converting them into simple sugars. As a result of inhibition of those enzymes, your blood has fewer simple sugars to absorb. Moreover, the polyphenols found in apples have been proven to decrease the absorption of sugar in the digestive track. With that, the beta cells in the pancreas are being stimulated to produce insulin which is a very essential chemical excreted by the body to utilize the sugar as energy. Apples also contain approximately 3 grams of dietary fiber. Fiber is very essential in detoxifying the entire system sweeping away unnecessary toxins out of the body. An apple contains vitamins such as the vitamins A, C, D, E and other forms of B vitamins. It also contains a number of minerals such as calcium, iron, magnesium, potassium, zinc, phosphorous, selenium, manganese, sodium, copper and fluoride. All those nutrients put together to give you practical benefits for your entire well-being.
In general, carbohydrates in apples are still carbohydrates. The same carbohydrates you can get eating your favorite candy, cake and some other confections. Therefore it is still an imperative to still work out so the converted carbohydrates in apples are efficiently utilized by the body.