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  • Of course. About half of your calorie intake should be carbohydrate. Not all carbohydrates are equivalent, nutritionally, though. Look, there are three nutritional types of energy: carbohydrate, lipids, and proteins. Metabolism of carbohydrate is a perfectly healthy process that produces carbon dioxide and water. Metabolism of lipids produce ketones, which in small quantities are perfectly fine, but if your body becomes overloaded with them due to low blood sugar (which results from too low an intake of carbohydrate to meet metabolic needs), your blood becomes acidic, which damages the brain. Too much protein metabolism and the blood becomes alkaline with ammonia, which damages all of the organ systems of the body, especially the kidneys. The bright side of all of this is that no natural food source truly has zero carbohydrate. Even foods rich in protein usually have plenty of carbs in them, so blood chemistry problems due to lack of carb are quite rare.
  • Depends on the carb type. Not all carbs are equal and it really does depend on your overall diet to know how much intake is good for you.

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