We’ve all heard the term low-carb diets, bad carbs, good carbs, and the like. But what exactly are carbohydrates? Let’s break them down into a more palpable and easy to understand format.
Foods containing carbohydrates encompass sugars, starches, and cellulose. When eating candy or any sugary foods, carbohydrates are then broken down in order for them to become blood sugar.
Carbohydrates come in two forms:
Simple and complex. Simple carbohydrates consist of a bar of chocolate, for example. Once eaten, and because they are processed much faster in your system, you develop a sugar high, right? But then after awhile, that high wears off and you seem to crave more food.
Conversely, complex carbohydrates consist of foods that are high in fiber and contain starch. Most of these carbohydrates are processed slower than the simple carbohydrates. Complex carbohydrates consist of beans, fruits, whole grains, vegetables, and potatoes, among others.
These complex carbohydrates are packed with vitamins, minerals, and fiber. You never feel hungry afterwards, due to the fact these foods are more slowly absorbed than their counterpart.
Now, here is the key component in choosing either simple or complex carbohydrates. Once either of these carbs is consumed, one of two things can occur. Either you exercise, in which case the fat produced from the carbohydrates is dissipated, or you do nothing, which would then allow the fat to build up. Thus, the diets which have become so popular in reducing carbs play a significant role.
It all boils down to this: carbohydrates and sugars are synonymous. The trick is to discern which foods are digested slower than those which are not. If you are trying to decide whether or not to go on a low-carb diet; research the appropriate foods and exercise that will ensure the efficacy of this specific diet plan.
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