Difference between carbs—And why you should know this

If you’re trying to learn more about how to lose weight, there’s one subject you definitely need to know—carbohydrates. Carbs are discussed all the time in the media, but it’s a complex topic that many don’t fully understand. Most people would benefit from learning some of the differences.

There are two kinds of carbs: simple and complex.

Complex carbs are better for your body. They digest more slowly

 into your system and take longer to break down. Some common complex carbs include vegetables, fruits, whole grains, beans, and nuts. These are generally healthy to have and should be utilized in your diet. They are less likely to cause weight gain because they take longer to digest and result in less fat storage in your body.

Simple carbs are less healthy for you. Firstly, they digest very quickly (especially in comparison to complex carbs). They’re usually made up of one or two sugars. Foods like candy, table sugar, brown sugar, corn syrup, soda, and fruit drinks are just a few examples of simple sugars. Because they digest so quickly into the body, they spike your blood sugar, which increases fat and causes you to gain weight.

To be at your optimal weight, you should consider lowering the amount of simple carbohydrates you intake each day. Complex carbs are safer to have, and some you should actually consider increasing in your diet. Vegetables like carrots, broccoli, peas and nutritious fruits like apples and strawberries are fantastic for your body and health. These types of carbohydrates are healthy and have little effect on weight gain.

Sometimes its hard to understand the difference between carbs when you’re perusing the “Nutritional Facts” on the foods you eat. Always consider whether the carbs are simple or complex, as we explained above (steer clear of simple). Also take into account the amount of fiber the food has. If the carbs are somewhat high—but the food has a significant amount of fiber—then the carbs aren’t as fattening. 

If you have any questions on weight loss or nutrition, the staff at The Broadway Clinic will be happy to answer them for you. They are experts, and have proven programs that are medically supervised and safe.

 

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