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Is your Brain hungry?

Posted on: November 30th, 2012 by KARDIO-XERCISE No Comments

YES, your brain is always hungry.

The brain, which accounts for 2 percent of our body weight, requires about 20 percent of our daily calories (Example: a healthy daily calorie intake is 2000 calories, so your brain is going to eat 400 of those calories).  The brain needs a constant supply of glucose because neurons cannot store it.  The brain works best with about 25 grams of glucose circulating in the blood stream, about the amount found in a banana.  Best sources of carbohydrates for the brain are; fruits, vegetables, and grains.

So, next time you consider limiting you calories or ‘counting calories’ consider your brain wants to eat too!

Tip: Carbohydrates found in lower glycemic foods are broken into glucose molecules more slowly, thereby providing a steadier supply of energy to the brain.

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