How to Count Carbohydrates

Most of the food we eat normally contains carbohydrates, proteins or fats. Carbohydrates make up for a large portion of our food. They are organic compounds that can be divided into two groups – sugar and starch. They are broken down into sugar (glucose) and then absorbed into the blood. Carbohydrates are an excellent source of energy. Normally, the brain and neuron can burn only carbohydrates to acquire all the energy needed. In fact, there are certain vitamins and minerals that get absorbed only in the presence of carbohydrates.

A carbohydrate rich diet is also followed to lose weight and achieve that lean figure. Since carbohydrates are not essential nutrients, the intake has to be through food sources only, to provide your body with the adequate amount of fuel. Hence, you cannot do without carbohydrates, as you see how important they are. But excess or normal amounts of carbohydrates can cause unpleasant effects on some people. Find out more about the same in the next section.
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Obese People at Higher Risk of Infection After Colon Surgery

Obese patients are at a significantly increased risk for surgical site infections after undergoing partial or full removal of the colon, a new study finds.

It included 7,020 patients, aged 18 to 64, who had either partial or total colectomy for colon cancer, diverticulitis or inflammatory bowel disease between 2002 and 2008. Of those patients, 1,243 were obese.

The overall rate of surgical site infections was 10.3 percent, but the rate was higher in obese patients (14.5 percent) than in non-obese patients (9.5 percent). After adjusting for a number of factors, the researchers calculated that obese patients were 60 percent more likely to develop surgical site infections than non-obese patients.
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