Simple Carbohydrates Vs Complex Carbohydrates

November 16, 2011 at 1:46 pm | Posted in Eat it Right | Leave a comment

Carbohydrates are the most common source of energy for us. Consumption of Carbohydrates fuels our body, our basic source for life!

However, there are two different types of carbohydrates:
– Simple Carbohydrates &
– Complex Carbohydrates
We ought to know its difference and its affects to our body.









1.      Simple Carbohydrates:
There are called simple sugars. Examples include soft drinks, sweets, or food that contains fructose, sucrose or white flour. These simple carbohydrates are created from the factory and naturally are higher in sugar level. It is easily absorbed and can cause compulsive eating and in turn weight gain. It would be good to avoid simple carbohydrates, although not all simple carbohydrates are bad.

Fruits and Milk are examples of good simple carbohydrates. These are much more natural and contain better nutrients that are essential for your body. For example, Orange contains Vitamin C. Dragon Fruit contains Vitamin C as well as its benefits of controlling level of glucose blood level in type 2 diabetics. Papaya contains a rich source of antioxidant nutrients, minerals and fiber.

Other than the good simple carbohydrates, it is recommended that one consumes more complex carbohydrates instead.


2.      Complex Carbohydrates:

Complex carbohydrates are essentially high fiber foods. Examples include Multi-grain bread, Vegetables (e.g Asparagus, Lettuce, Cucumbers) and Brown rice.

Complex Carbohydrates are not as “refined” as simple carbohydrates. Refined here means processed by equipments or in factories. As such, these type of carbohydrates retain much more fiber, vitamins and minerals for the body’s absorption benefits. Since the absorption rate is slower as compared to simple carbohydrates, it keeps one to be satisfied longer after his/her meal. In addition, it also aids in digestion and control one’s sugar level content.

So starting today, eat more Complex Carbohydrates & fruits!



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