Essay on Baked Potatoes or French Fries

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Baked Potatoes or French Fries

Is it ever a wonder that kids get away with eating the darndest things. They gobble candy ice pops, french fries and for the most part remain amazingly thin and fit. However, adults with the same type of diet are high-cholesterol dynamites just waiting for an explosion into triple-bypass heaven. Why do the little brats get to eat what ever they so desire without worry, while adults have to monitor every gram of anything that even considers passing through their lips? Basically, this is because children expend an amazing amount of calories due to their active lifestyles. Have you ever noticed a child walking with his mother in a shopping mall? For every one step that the mother takes, the child must take
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But, if you're burning the calories, shouldn't it not matter where the calories are coming from?

Actually, not all foods are created equal. It does matter where the calories that you burn come from because your body has certain stores of energy to be utilized during physical activity. Thus the most efficient way to fuel your body during exercise is to eat foods that target these stores. In order to understand how this works, it is important to understand basic digestion.

The food that we eat can be separated into three different categories: carbohydrates, proteins and fats. Carbohydrates, which are located on the bottom of the food pyramid, come from foods such as cereal, bread, sugar, etc. They exist in most foods that we consume and usually thus are the bulk of our diets. When digested, these carbohydrates are broken down by enzymes into smaller molecules: glucose, fructose, and galactose. In the liver, galactose and fructose are converted into glucose. "Glucose may then be stored as glycogen in the liver or may be exported to the skeletal muscles and heart, where the glucose is stored as muscle glycogen if the glycogen stores in those muscles are reduced." (Noakes, 59) Extra carbohydrate is stored as fat in adipose tissue. Though since carbohydrates act as a primary source of fuel for our bodies, most of our fat is found not to be from "extra carbohydrate" but rather from the actual fat that we ingest

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