All About Carbohydrates

August 17, 2016

 

Carbohydrates can be an important part of one’s diet. They provide energy for your body.

 

There are two types of carbohydrates: simple carbohydrates and complex carbohydrates. We will go over the difference.

 

 

Simple Carbohydrates: Are digested rapidly. This gives your body a burst of energy however does not create a long term energy source. Simple carbohydrates can spike blood sugar and leave your hungry soon after you have eaten.

Simple carbohydrates act just like sugar to the. Although they can be found naturally in honey milk and some fruits the majority of simple carbohydrates are manufactured.

Simple carbohydrates that are manufactured are more refined and found in baked goods, breads, pastas, candy and drinks.

 

Complex Carbohydrates:

Complex carbohydrates consist starches and fiber. Complex carbohydrates are found in grains such as whole wheat, oats, and rice, and in starchy vegetables such as potatoes and corn. These carbohydrates breakdown slower in your body and help create longer lasting energy and does not spike blood sugar levels as dramatically.

 

How to incorporate carbohydrate into your diet.

Look for whole grain options. Keep in mind the more processed items are such as breads, pasta, and desserts the greater the simple carbohydrates. Serving grains in their whole form such as brown rice, quinoa, millet, oatmeal and sweet potatoes are ways to ensure that you are getting complex carbohydrates in your diet. Remembering these items have greater amount of fiber and digest slower leaving your fuller and with more prolonged energy.  

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