Carbohydrates are the primary source of energy in human body. Health conscious people often have dilemmas regarding carbs. Some people who are desperate to lose weight sometimes even consider cutting carbs from their diet totally. Is it a good practice? Or can we mitigate the dilemma of carbs? Let’s see, shall we?
Let’s Analyze Carbs!
The types of carbohydrates we consume are sugars, starches, and fiber. However, based on how our body works on the chemical structure of those different structures, the different types of carbs are called “simple” or “complex”.
Also, it might get a little confusing that some of the foods we consume may contain both simple and complex carbohydrates.
Simple Carbohydrates are composed of easy to digest sugars. These are an important source of energy. Complex Carbohydrates contain longer chains of sugar molecules. It takes more time for the body to break down.
Naturally, milk and fruits contain some forms of simple carbohydrates. However, processed and refined sugars used in candies, sodas and other artificially sweetened foods and drinks are more recognized or popular ways of consuming simple carbohydrates. Whereas, whole grains, legumes, and starchy veggies contain complex carbohydrates.
Simple Carbs: A Peek Under the Hood
Well, based on the “sources” of simple carbohydrates, many would already assume simple carbs are “BAD”. To be honest, they are not necessarily good or bad. It is the source of simple carbs should be our concern. It is recommended to consume simple carbohydrates found in fruits and vegetables than crisps, soda, and cookies. Because fruits and vegetables contain fibers that change the way human body processes their sugar and slows down the digestion. Which is more like complex carbs.
But the artificially sweetened foods that contain simple carbs don’t contain such fibers. So, the carbs are not processed like complex carbs. Which is not really good for health if consumed regularly and in heavy amount. However, it is okay to enjoy simple carbs occasionally. Just making it a regular habit is not safe.
Complex Carbs: Let’s Delve into Details
Complex Carbohydrates are more positively received because they are more beneficial to our health. Complex carbs have consisted of longer series of sugars. It takes more time for the human body to break the chains down. And this provides with a higher amount of energy. The complex carbs have a lower Glycemic Load. It indicates a lower amount of sugar will be released at a more consistent rate. Which is good for your health.
It is a good practice to check the packaging for information which indicates whether it is a complex or simple carb. For example, a whole wheat flour will be a complex carb food.
The point is, there is nothing to be scared of or worry about carbohydrates. You need your carbs daily because you need the energy. But it can ruin your body if you are not careful enough. The trick is, as I mentioned earlier, to keep your appetite and desires to consume processed food and other artificial sources of Simple Carbs in check.