Carbohydrates are one of the three essential Macronutrients, known mostly for their contribution toward providing the body with a readily available source of energy. Carbohydrates are also required in order for your body to a broad range of internal functions, including maintaining a healthy digestion, hormonal and metabolism function. Carbohydrates are an essential macronutrient used by athletes, both performance and aesthetic, in a bid to fuel their muscles and ensure recovery is achieved. Carbohydrates vary in powdered form, depending on their source. For athletes seeking immediate post workout recovery, a quick digesting carbohydrate should be used; our favourite being Creation Supplements DextroPURE. Maltodextrin is another popular carbohydrate which also has a relatively quick digestion rate. These carbohydrates digest rapidly and create an insulin spike, which will shuttle nutrients into you muscle cells. Alternatively, carbohydrate powders can derive from whole food, complex sources such as Oats, Sweet Potato, Quinoa and Barley. These slow digesting carbs make a great choice for use in between meals or as a meal replacement, as they won't spike your insulin and will keep you fuller for longer.