Complex Carbs vs Simple Sugars

It seems lately, all we hear when talking diets are carbohydrates and how bad they are for you. Well is this really the case? In fact, certain types of carbohydrates may help you lose weight. But choosing the proper types of carbohydrates will determine this. Let's break down the two types of carbohydrates which you will find in your local grocery store.

Let's start off with the “good carbs”. These carbs are known as “complex carbs”, because foods containing complex carbohydrates maintain their natural water content, fiber, vitamins, and minerals. A big plus is they help you maintain your fullness after consuming them. Carbohydrates that fall into this category are fruits, vegetables, legumes, and grains.

The “bad carbs”, are known as simple sugars or simple carbs. These are usual processed foods. Foods containing these simple carbohydrates have had the nutrition removed from them, leaving you unsatisfied after eating and trigger overeating. This is all due to the increased insulin levels needs to balance out blood sugar levels. Our bodies can only handle so much sugar, any extra sugar is then turned into fat, leading to those extra pounds.

So let's review:

Complex Carbs: Vegetables, fruits, legumes, nuts and seeds, whole grains, etc.

Simple Sugars: Most baked goods such as pies, cakes, cookies etc, white bread, soda, candy, pastas, and fruit juices which contain corn syrup.

So make sure you check your carbohydrates before eating them. This will not only help keep you full throughout the day, it will also help you keep those extra pounds off the waste line.


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