Understanding the basics of nutrition is a necessary foundation for making informed and healthy diet and lifestyle choices. The first nutrition basics unit was all about protein. In this second unit in the nutrition basics series, Dr. Applegate covers another macronutrient, carbohydrates. Carbohydrates are the primary fuel for your body, but there are multiple types that have different nutritional values. Learn about carbohydrate structure, how carbs are digested, and how they are utilized in the body.

Carbohydrate digestion and utilization are complex processes and there are things that can go wrong, these videos explain what happens to those with lactose intolerance or type-2 diabetes. Also learn about fiber, soluble and insoluble types and why it is an important part of the diet even though it cannot be digested. Continue with Dr. Applegate in this next step on the journey to understanding nutrition basics.

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Dr. Liz Applegate
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Dr. Applegate earned her B.S. in Biochemistry, and her Ph.D., in Nutrition Science both at the University of California, Davis. Dr. Applegate is a faculty member Emerita of the Nutrition Department, and the former Director of Sports Nutrition at the University of California, Davis. Dr. Applegate held a position on the editorial board of the International Journal of Sport Nutrition and Exercise Metabolism for the past 29 years. She is also a fellow of the American College of Sports Medicine, and a member of the Sports and Cardiovascular Nutritionists, a practice group of the American Dietetic Association.

Dr. Applegate is a nationally renowned expert on nutrition and fitness, she is a Distinguished Senior Lecturer Emerita at the University of California, Davis where she continues to educate students on the importance of good nutrition and fitness through online access. Dr. Applegate provided nutrition consultation for collegiate and continues advising fitness enthusiasts and professional athletes as well as food companies, and frequently serves as a keynote speaker at industry, athletic and scientific meetings.

Her passion and enthusiasm for educating people on nutrition, fitness and health has been acknowledged by numerous awards for teaching, research and most recently California Legislature State Resolution 2019 for her service to the state and teaching over 66,000 students in her career. Dr. Applegate is the author of several books and has written more than 400 articles for national magazines. She has regularly appeared on international, national and local radio and television shows, and is frequently quoted in magazines and newspapers.

Liz Applegate, Ph.D., Nutrition, Sports Nutritionist