CUTTING OUT CARBS and cutting the carb confusion. You’ve probably heard a thousand times that there are two types of carbohydrates: simple and complex. But if you’re like most people, your’e probably finding this distinction somewhat complex, and not at all simple to understand. And what does “refined” mean, anyway? Here’s a easy way to think about it and gives you an idea of what what carbs to cut out.
Complex carbs are strings of complex sugar molecules that take your body time to digest. They’re found in whole foods like oats, nuts, whole grain bread, corn on the cob, and the like. Whenever you see the words “whole grain”, you know you are eating complex carbs and your doing body a favor. Because it takes your body time to break down complex carbs, you get flow of energy. You’ll also get plenty of healthy vitamins, minerals and fiber too.
Simple carbs are sugars that are found naturally in fruits, vegetables and even dairy products. Eat them in those forms and they come with a lot of fiber, fat and protein, or nutrients, which slow the digestion and limit how much you’ll eat or drink. That’s not true of another simple carb: sugar, and it’s close cousin fructose. In candy, soda and even fruit juice, these simple carbs rocket through your system and are likely to be stored as fat.
When food manufactures take complex carbs (whole wheat, for instance) and strip out all the fiber and many of the nutrients, they turn into refined carbs. Another example: high fructose corn syrup, a kind of franken-sweetener that should scare you off from products that contain it. Refined carbs, along with pure sugar can be enemies to the body. Beware! Eat balanced meals.
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