How does slow release carb give you energy when the carbohydrate and calorie count is so low?

Answered on December 23, 2013
Created December 08, 2013 at 7:57 PM

We are recommended to take slow release carbohydrates for a steady supply of energy e.g. greens, brocolly and so on. However I notice that these foods have very small carbohydrates and calorie counts e.g. 100 grams kale = 9 grams carbohydrate and 49 calories. Compared to fats and grains calories this is nothing. Calories is what determines how much energy we get so how do these slow release carbs give so much energy when they are so low in carbohydrate. If I went on a protein/fat/slow release carb diet would I need to take a lot of slow release carbs to get my daily calories or not?


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on December 23, 2013
at 03:51 AM

You're right, those vegetables aren't an effective source of energy. On the slow-carb diet, most of the carbohydrate calories come from beans and lentils. Vegetables are consumed for their other health benefits. Most people who eat paleo don't eat legumes, and instead they get their carbohydrates from starchy vegetables or fruit. Those carbs aren't "slow" by themselves, but eating them with protein and fat slows their release and helps regulate your blood sugar.

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