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All About Carbohydrates

Updated: Aug 16, 2023

Normally, all foods—aside from meat products—contain carbs. Recently, certain diets have advocated completely eliminating all carbohydrates from your diet. Many businesses have adopted this philosophy and have created low-carb breads among other things. Limiting unhealthy carbs like sugar in your diet is a good first step, but going farther and avoiding entire grains and fruits could potentially deprive you of foods that fight cancer.

Simple and complex carbohydrates can be divided into two primary groups. While whole grains, fruits, and cereals contain complex carbohydrates, sodas, sweets, and even certain fruits have simple sugars. The two groups' chemical compositions constitute the primary distinction. While complex carbohydrates are composed of hundreds or even thousands of these molecules, simple sugars are made up of just a few sugar molecules. Glucose is the result of both processes in your body.

The amount of time needed to digest is another distinction between the two. Your body can absorb 100 calories of simple sugars much more quickly than it can the same amount of calories from complex carbs. This is so that simple sugars, which breakdown more quickly than complex carbohydrates, are closer to the finished product. You will therefore feel hungry sooner if you eat a meal comprised of simple sugars as opposed to one made of complex carbohydrates. It can build up to a lot of calories at the end of the day to regularly consume soda and candy.

Simple sugars, especially in children, have been linked to obesity and diabetes, according to studies. Additionally, consuming the right kinds of carbohydrates has been demonstrated to protect against a variety of malignancies. Therefore, the next time you pick up a magazine with the latest low-carb claim, put it down and grab an apple instead.


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