Carbohydrates All About It

CarbohydratesCarbohydrates are found in all foods except meat products. Some diets have recommended stripping out all carbohydrates from what you eat. Recently, many food companies have introduced low-carb breads.

Limiting bad carbohydrates such as sugar from your diet is a positive step. However, without fruits and whole grains can potentially deprive you of cancer fighting foods.

Two Categories Of Carbohydrates

Carbohydrates is broken down into two main categories; simple and complex. Sodas, candy and even fruits contain simple sugars while whole grains, fruits and cereals contain complex carbs.

The main difference between the two groups are their chemical structures. Simple sugars contain a few sugar molecules while complex carbs has hundreds and even thousands of these molecules put together. In you body, the end product of both is glucose.

Difference In Time To Digest

Another difference between the two is the time needed to digest. If you consume 100 calories of simple sugars, your body can digest it a lot faster. Than if you eat the same amount of calories of complex carbs. This is because simple sugars are closer to the end product. Complex carbs need more time to digest.

Therefore if you take the meal of simple sugars, you will be hungrier sooner than if you ate the meal made of complex carbs. Making a habit of drinking soda and eating candy can add up to a lot of calories.

Bad Effects Of Simple Sugar

Studies have shown that simple sugars contribute to obesity and diabetes, especially in children. It has also been shown that eating the good carbs can shield you from many types of cancers.

Carbohydrates is simply sugar with a high glycemic index. Eating carbohydrates will cause a blood sugar spike and in turn increase the production of insulin in the body. Insulin is a storage hormone and cause weight gain. Whereas, fat is neutral with zero glycemic index. Fat is a source of energy.

Fat is the source of energy for the body instead of glucose from carbohydrates. At the same time blood sugar level becomes normal.

LCHF diet is the acronym for Low Carbohydrate High Fat Diet. For more information on LCHF, refer to Diet Doctor website (http://www.dietdoctor.com/)



 

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