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Your Body on Carbs

October 1, 2019


You’ve probably heard that carbs are bad
for you. And there’s a lot of us searching for signs
they’re good, possibly sugar, or just the devil. But carbohydrates are your body’s main fuel
source. So what do carbs actually DO when they pasta
through your body? Carbohydrates in our food fall into three
categories: sugars, starches, and dietary fibre. Sugars, like lactose, fructose, and sucrose,
can be found in foods like milk, tangerines, and table sugar. Starches and dietary fibre are both long chains
of sugars. And when we eat carbs, our saliva and stomach
acid break long sugar chains down into short chains. Once the food reaches the intestines, the
pancreas releases an enzyme that breaks down the starches molecular bonds until the chains
are turned into bonded pairs of sugar molecules. But in fibre, the bonds between these molecules
are different: They’re stronger, can’t be broken by our enzymes, and so they can’t
be digested. Instead, they just pass through the rest of
your digestive system, holding everything else together. Once the starch is broken down, the small
intestines release enzymes that break down the sugar molecules even more. And then, they’re absorbed into the bloodstream. The most important of these sugar molecules
is glucose. All of your cells use glucose for energy. And your brain uses about half of your body’s
sugar needs. If you don’t have enough glucose for your
brain cells, you can get shaky, lightheaded, and confused. But… what happens when you eat too much? If your body has too much glucose, your pancreas
releases insulin, which packages up glucose and stores it for later use: like when you’re
in between meals, or need more energy for things like thinking or exercise. Some athletes carbo-load to have more energy
stored for when they need it. But in your brain, too much sugar can contribute
to cell ageing and death, shrinking your brain and possibly contributing to dementia and
other conditions. Luckily, for most of us, our pancreas can
release insulin to regulate our blood sugar levels so we don’t have those problems. But if you regularly eat more sugar than your
body needs, you can develop insulin resistance and even diabetes. So if you’re worried about carbs being full
of sugar, or making you fat, just remember that food is fuel, even carbs. The key, according to most experts, is to
eat carbs, protein, and fat in moderation, focusing on giving your body, and brain, the
fuel it needs, without going overboard.

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97 Comments

  • Reply Walter MF March 16, 2017 at 6:03 pm

    I lost 47 kgs low-carbing. Most of the time was keeping it between 20-30 grams a day. The last 5-7 kgs came off after I started to play soccer 2-3x a week and do legs regularly. Now I do that and regularly run. I can eat 60-100 grams a day. There's something wrong with a recommended 300 grams a day, and thinking that fat makes you fat.

  • Reply Cadwaladr March 16, 2017 at 6:07 pm

    But if I put Vegemite on my toast it cancels out any negative effects of the carbs, right?

  • Reply Cleubert Pinheiro March 16, 2017 at 6:09 pm

    what a beautiful video!!!! loved the creativity applied on the visuals… foods were fun to watch!!

  • Reply chris coughlan March 16, 2017 at 6:09 pm

    Nicely done Vanessa! keep up the good work

  • Reply Josh Cummins March 16, 2017 at 6:11 pm

    I can tell these take a long time to make. thanks Vanessa 😀

  • Reply FrozenEternity March 16, 2017 at 6:28 pm

    i get why you used pasta in the animations – it's fun to animate and most people associate it with carbs
    BUT
    Vegetables are carbs too and going low carb focuses on eating these in abundance. Pasta is really not the best carb to eat as it's generally highly refined so low in natural fiber and low in nutrients compared to other whole unprocessed foods

  • Reply Maveleye March 16, 2017 at 6:28 pm

    Related video that describes how your body processes sugars: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f_4Q9Iv7_Ao

  • Reply DamKaKaDaNi March 16, 2017 at 6:31 pm

    Some of the fiber is eaten by the bacteria lining the inside of your gut too.

  • Reply fase feso March 16, 2017 at 6:35 pm

    Best animations I watched, almost

  • Reply San Samman March 16, 2017 at 6:36 pm

    I liked how you used food it's easier and we have more fun watching them 🙂 maybe try these creative ways instead of the paintings if you think it easier and more fun like me us !

  • Reply Dixo March 16, 2017 at 6:40 pm

    You should make a video of the drawbacks of a no carb diet on the brain (if there are any, and I heard there are).

  • Reply IamMe March 16, 2017 at 6:43 pm

    Carbs are good, you litteraly starve without them. Who ever said food was bad?

  • Reply Maihel March 16, 2017 at 7:02 pm

    I caught your little pun, it was punbelievable. https://www.sadtrombone.com/

  • Reply Gautam Passi March 16, 2017 at 7:07 pm

    Well we need more stuff like this, a scientific overview really debunks all the false statements. Great work.

    PS Using food to explain food. Brilliant.

  • Reply Bas van Kampen March 16, 2017 at 7:08 pm

    i actually have a test tomorrow around this subject so thanks

  • Reply Mirie Abrams March 16, 2017 at 7:09 pm

    Those were some pretty sweet pasta puns.
    I love how this show makes me use my noodle.

  • Reply lorenzo benatti March 16, 2017 at 7:09 pm

    pasta's animation is so cute!!!

  • Reply Nat and Friends March 16, 2017 at 7:10 pm

    Awesome pasta animations!

  • Reply Matthew March 16, 2017 at 7:11 pm

    Your body can enter ketosis without carbs and function fine.

  • Reply Merthan E. March 16, 2017 at 7:27 pm

    Great Video.

  • Reply Christopher Fajardo March 16, 2017 at 7:31 pm

    awesome pasta sauce ✅

  • Reply Zar Kaztick March 16, 2017 at 7:36 pm

    It was weird watching pasta moving for so long.

    A bit disturbing actually.

  • Reply SlyPearTree March 16, 2017 at 7:52 pm

    I'm thinking of eating pasta for dinner for some reason.

  • Reply wex4sex March 16, 2017 at 7:53 pm

    Research ketogenic diet if you want to live the life you were made to live. Carbs with high GI are drugs and there is nothing beneficial from them.

  • Reply FATBOYALLSTARS March 16, 2017 at 7:55 pm

    so this is a good way to loose weight? (low carb)

  • Reply Scar March 16, 2017 at 8:07 pm

    Take this with a grain of salt.
    Studies find that peoples who consumed the most carbs were at the lowest risk of diabetes.
    Carbs > fats > protein in terms of importance

  • Reply A.J.Z March 16, 2017 at 8:10 pm

    This video is void of any type of integrity. We KNOW that prudential offers health insurance and we know that carbs/sugar have been at the forefront of the obesity problem. link the two if you like

  • Reply CastelonDrake March 16, 2017 at 8:24 pm

    Great pun, Vanessa. Took me a second to fully absorb that one.

  • Reply The Little Penguin March 16, 2017 at 8:25 pm

    Too bad most of the food that I like is made up of carbs… I love pasta…

  • Reply Rismosch March 16, 2017 at 8:35 pm

    So difficult to understand if you learned that stuff in german first. I felt like I didn't understand enlish watching this xD

  • Reply VdevoV March 16, 2017 at 8:41 pm

    As a Type 1 Diabetic, this video kinda bummed me out.

  • Reply Mighty ŠUKI March 16, 2017 at 9:20 pm

    I eat 500g if carbs, 200g of protein, 100g of fat every day to grow about 1kg every month. Lean bulk is life 😀 current weight 90kg (200lbs)

  • Reply Dragon Skunk Studio March 16, 2017 at 9:28 pm

    We have to deprogram all the BS we were fed about low fat and cholesterol free foods:
    Eating fat doesn't make you fat,
    Eating cholesterol doesn't clog your arteries.
    Too much sugar in your diet will.

  • Reply ozdergecko March 16, 2017 at 9:28 pm

    Is it just me or was Nessy's accent more Australian than usual? (I'm not a native speaker)

  • Reply Wojtek Grabczak March 16, 2017 at 9:31 pm

    I've got a question, how are your energy levels after you reduce carb input?

  • Reply Natalie Bozyk March 16, 2017 at 9:40 pm

    Amylase is present in saliva too! So if you chew bread and let it chill in your mouth for a bit, you can already detect a sweeter taste as the chains are broken down 🙂

  • Reply Joey Fantango March 16, 2017 at 9:40 pm

    @1:10 anyone else hear pasta instead of pass.

  • Reply Sven Leuschner March 16, 2017 at 10:03 pm

    These animations in this video were so great… now I'm hungry

  • Reply Farouq March 16, 2017 at 10:30 pm

    Food is never bad, carbs, fat, protein, minerals, vitamins, and water are all needed by the body to function.
    However too much of them or too low of them will cause some type of diseases. Like having vitamin supplements will you are completely fine, will make the body have excess vitamins that he can`t kick out.
    Your body have been evolving for million of years to reach this point, so if you can digest carbs, it just be for your own good.

  • Reply MBP March 16, 2017 at 11:00 pm

    Brilliant editing

  • Reply Apex Theory March 16, 2017 at 11:38 pm

    As a follow up, can you talk about what happens when you minimize carbs and increase fats, i.e. the keto diet?

  • Reply Shadowsông777 March 16, 2017 at 11:42 pm

    Pass (ta). Nice one, Vanessa haha

  • Reply emperorSbraz March 16, 2017 at 11:48 pm

    as an italian, i am deeply offended. you shouldn't ruin pasta. pasta every day! lol

  • Reply Victor Nguyen March 16, 2017 at 11:53 pm

    Can you talk about Protein and Fats next?

  • Reply Ben E March 17, 2017 at 12:41 am

    I thought that pink cauliflour brain was kind of weird, and then when you chopped it up to represent brain shrinking, it went to creepy.

  • Reply Kyla Radbourne March 17, 2017 at 12:58 am

    Thank you for making this. Of course carbs don't make you fat, just eat healthy carbs: fruits, veggies, rice, and potatoes. All of the slimmest and healthiest countries in the world eat high-carbohydrate diets

  • Reply Leonardo Celente March 17, 2017 at 1:32 am

    the irony of using Marshmallows as tooths

  • Reply Jules March 17, 2017 at 1:41 am

    First, Kevin asking what we thought about spaghetti, now this?

  • Reply Ikiratuki March 17, 2017 at 2:03 am

    I want to see an entire in depth series like this. Why can't this channel have unlimited time and money?

  • Reply Puneet M March 17, 2017 at 2:32 am

    Hi Vanessa.

  • Reply epilektric March 17, 2017 at 3:03 am

    "… when they pasta through your body." Nice! That's using your noodle.

  • Reply EsquireRu March 17, 2017 at 4:01 am

    for a lengthy ad video itself is too short

  • Reply MrJarnould March 17, 2017 at 4:03 am

    There's a lot of misunderstanding in the general public about Type 1 diabetes. From a Type 1 diabetic, can you please be more specific when referring to "diabetes".

  • Reply Infant Raj March 17, 2017 at 4:04 am

    I was completely hypnotized by the animated food and didn't listen to much of what Vanessa had to say. Sorry Vanessa

  • Reply Stan KMT March 17, 2017 at 4:31 am

    How italians explain carbs

  • Reply SnoopyDoo March 17, 2017 at 5:12 am

    Seriously, a video on carbs?? As if we don't already have a zillion of those already.

  • Reply Andrew Wrangell Music March 17, 2017 at 5:31 am

    Very creative video, loved the presentation!

  • Reply Rusk Reeder March 17, 2017 at 5:32 am

    Great presentation, animation and research. You have your movement right now.

  • Reply Reece March 17, 2017 at 7:23 am

    I have a huge crush on Vanessa. 😁

  • Reply AHMH March 17, 2017 at 7:35 am

    I love how this video is in stop motion, it must have taken forever to make.

  • Reply Zragon March 17, 2017 at 7:50 am

    I think this video ended too soon.

  • Reply Kevin March 17, 2017 at 7:52 am

    You look like the adult version of NaturallyStephanie.

    Or her sister.

  • Reply darkmage07070777 March 17, 2017 at 7:55 am

    What happens if you eat too much protein?

  • Reply milk box March 17, 2017 at 8:55 am

    well shit imma die

  • Reply Max Do March 17, 2017 at 8:57 am

    You can choose what your main fuel source is. Carb or Fat. Carb is not the default, I won't die or be unhealthy from not eating carb. In fact, American can use a low carb diet to control their weight.

  • Reply Chad Fulton March 17, 2017 at 9:42 am

    Great video! 😀
    please do one on fat!
    PRETTY PLEASE! 😀

  • Reply Steven Sleep March 17, 2017 at 9:48 am

    for about 3 months last year I ate Maccas hotcakes and a giant coffee with 4 shots in it. I didn't put on any weight…. at all!

    then when I realized I was spending almost $300 a week on fast food I stopped….

    Man my poops got bad… and I was eating weetbix for breakfast for lunch and dinner I was having 200g of meat and steamed vegetables. my life sucks now and I have no energy and am tired all the time xD

    but on the plus side. in the last 3 months I have saved a lot of money!

  • Reply Charlie Lehardy March 17, 2017 at 10:09 am

    Lets be clear here… Type 2 Diabetes can be caused by eating too many carbs, but it's also something inherited (some people are more at risk than others and that risk is carried down in the genes.

    Type 1 Diabetes is a completely different beast. It's an autoimmune disease and is caused by your immune system turning on the cells in the pancreas that make insulin (islets) and killing them. Why this happens is not known, but it's generally thought to be caused by a genetic defect, or sometimes a virus.

    And for those who are saying that living without any carbs is just fine, sorry, you're wrong. Your body has to have carbs to survive. For a time, it can use the fat stores in your system to make up for the lack of carbs in your diet, but you will develop ketosis and if you're not balanced well enough, ketoacidosis can occur. At which point you can go into a coma or even die.

  • Reply James Hill March 17, 2017 at 10:29 am

    The calories in/out model… unbelievably basic, i expected more for science reporting: what causes a person to consume more calories?

  • Reply Tedi Turhani March 17, 2017 at 12:51 pm

    New hair colour ? I love it !

  • Reply deadly lazer March 17, 2017 at 12:58 pm

    bless I can still eat rice and spaghetti but in moderation of course

  • Reply hehtrs sjetn March 17, 2017 at 4:02 pm

    Your accent is so fancy. You sound like an Irish Arnold Schwarzenegger

  • Reply Anja Aleskari March 17, 2017 at 4:46 pm

    i like how you say 'prüdential' lol

  • Reply Henrique Maximo March 17, 2017 at 4:55 pm

    Vanessa, I absolutely love your stop-motions! So original, adequate and amazing!

  • Reply Flynn March 17, 2017 at 6:39 pm

    1:10 "Pass-ta"

  • Reply Thomas Chase March 17, 2017 at 7:16 pm

    Can't imagine a lifestyle that knowledge of nutrition doesn't improve. Durn sweet tooth gray matter chomping away muscle to short cut access to ready made glucose. Some parts of the human anatomy just don't cooperate with people's ambitions. Great video!

  • Reply Richard Gurney March 17, 2017 at 8:59 pm

    I'm hungry…

  • Reply newton888 March 18, 2017 at 7:49 am

    Thumbs up for the pasta Fischer projection!!

  • Reply strawd4 March 18, 2017 at 11:11 pm

    Love the noodle animations. Great job!

  • Reply Stephen Albright March 19, 2017 at 12:25 am

    Pasta. She's saying pasta.

  • Reply Julian Fulde beim Bund March 19, 2017 at 7:26 am

    2:30 Insulin resistance, or even Diabetes.
    My dear women,
    Diabetes mellitus is Insulin resistance 😅

  • Reply mammy188 March 19, 2017 at 9:51 am

    I really, really liked the stop-motion animation in this video! It visually represented what you were describing very well, and using food as the props was quite clever. I had to watch it twice – the first time I was admiring the stop-motion, and the second time was to take in the information.

  • Reply Akuma March 19, 2017 at 8:30 pm

    So many "experts" in the comment section. 😮

  • Reply ShUhFP ZIRCAahXBIh March 19, 2017 at 9:25 pm

    I have Type 1 Diabetes, and the thought of losing my neurons is the worst thing for me. I hope to death a cure comes soon.

  • Reply shayulghul March 21, 2017 at 12:44 am

    "…pasta through your body." LOL, nice pun!

  • Reply S I N J A K March 21, 2017 at 5:13 pm

    If you sub to me I will sub to you. This includes everyone here!

  • Reply Ian Campbell-Harris March 22, 2017 at 10:14 am

    Is that gorgeous young lady single? 😉

  • Reply M Hilmy Fauzi March 22, 2017 at 1:50 pm

    can't believe in the comment section some people got offended by carb

  • Reply abdallah ebady March 22, 2017 at 2:18 pm

    great episode

  • Reply oldcowbb March 29, 2017 at 1:40 pm

    i thought this is a psychology channel

  • Reply avinash kumar March 31, 2017 at 8:43 am

    I've a huge crush on this girl

  • Reply rhythmandacoustics April 3, 2017 at 9:57 pm

    Amazing video, creative graphics/animation, informative and entertaining, and lastly nice accent and voice.

  • Reply Mega King Grass April 4, 2017 at 7:18 am

    When you entered your first letter ('C'), the first word that came up in your search memory was craigslist.
    Hehe, is that your computer Vanessa?

    Good interesting video by the way.

  • Reply Barney Laurance April 17, 2017 at 9:36 pm

    The animation looked good but I found it made it hard to concentrate on the spoken words. Since the words were about nutrients and the animation was made with foods I couldn't help thinking about whether the foods contained the nutrients.

  • Reply ClassicCartoons June 16, 2017 at 2:36 pm

    But how much is too much?

  • Reply Brian Sawyer January 18, 2018 at 2:52 pm

    ……. Ugh!!!
    What is the brain????
    ….. Then, what is the three type of sugar???
    Um, I'm getting confused with these food groups!!!

  • Reply Maxim Motyshen August 17, 2018 at 9:31 am

    It's not clear whether carbs cause insulin resistance. Fat is a better candidate.

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