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    The Role and Function of Carbohydrates, Lipids, Proteins, and Fiber to Maintaining a Healthy and Balanced Diet

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    Describe the role and function of carbohydrates, lipids, proteins, and fiber to maintaining a healthy and balanced diet.

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    Carbohydrates are structured such that they can be easily broken down into some of the basic molecules use to create energy. Namely speaking, the body ultimately utilizes glucose for energy and carbohydrates are composed of long chains of glucose molecules connected to each other in various ways. Carbohydrates therefore, are the body's most accessible source of energy-creating components and vital to a healthy diet.

    Lipids are generally formed by the body as a way of storing energy that is not immediately required. If you were to burn a certain weight of glucose and the exact same weight of lipids are burned, the latter will release more energy than the former. They are required, to an extent, for a ...

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    The expert describes the roles and functions of carbohydrates, lipids, proteins and fiber to maintaining a healthy and balanced diet.

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