Simple vs. Complex.
Carbohydrates are a major macronutrient and one of your body’s primary sources of energy, yet it’s important to know that not all of them are created equal. So how do you tell the difference between “good carbs” and “bad carbs”
The answer is both simple — and complex.
The three main types of carbohydrates are sugars, starches, and fiber. They're called “simple” and “complex” based on their chemical makeup and what your body does with them.
Simple carbohydrates are composed of easy-to-digest, basic sugars, which can be an important source of energy. Some of these sugars are naturally occurring, such as those in fruits and in milk, while refined or processed sugars are often added to candy , chocolate , baked goods , and soda 🥤. On nutrition labels, added sugars can go by several different names, including brown sugar, corn sweetener, corn syrup, fructose, glucose, maltose, malt syrup, sucrose, and honey, among others.
Complex carbohydrates, found in whole grains, legumes, and starchy vegetables, contain longer chains of sugar molecules, which usually take more time for the body to break down and use. This in turn provides you with a more consistent amount of energy.
These complex carbs are able to provide you with a sustained feeling of satiety and energy, relative to simple sugars/carbs.
This in turn makes it easier to stick to your diet and achieve the results you’re after. This isn’t to say that you can’t both enjoy the occasional cookie and quinoa, but everything must be evaluated in context of your goals.
You don’t need to eliminate anything, you simply need to be smart about how you approach it.
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