The Difference Between Complex and Simple Carbohydrates


The purpose of carbohydrates is to provide fuel for the body. Without fuel we couldn’t move around without being tired. Some people seem to have a natural “high” but they are most likely using their carbohydrates more effectively than the rest of us.

Carbohydrates are broken down in the body into smaller substances such as glucose. These sugars are transported to the cells to be used as energy for the entire body. Adequate sources of energy mean that you are able to exercise longer, avoid hunger longer, burn fat more efficiently in the body and an entire host of other functions. Maintaining a level blood sugar level also helps prevent diabetes.

Complex Carbohydrates

The body works best when it has a steady energy state all day. You can last longer and get your hectic day underway and end it with some energy left. These cabohydrates are the mainstay of the body. They contain fiber making them harder for the body to digest, and more energy is used when they are digested. So, you feel full longer; one way to lose weight – keeping food off your mind.

Here are some examples of complex carbs: pasta, whole grains, green vegetables, beans, legumes, nuts and starchy vegetables. Eating one or some of these at each meal will fill you up and also provide more energy. As an added bonus, the fiber will remove a measure of fat from the meal you are eating so it doesn’t settle in your body.

Simple Carbs

So, here’s the down and dirty on the foods we eat. All of them are not created equal. Simple carbohydrates are used as a source of energy when you need a quick boost. But, be careful. When that quick energy boost is gone, you will begin to slow down. This is like a racing car that uses nitrous oxide to add extra power. It is not mean to be long-lived.

As your body slows down, you will begin to crave more quick carbs like the ones we are about to mention and that begins a vicious cycle that can wreck your body’s metabolism. Here are some examples of simple carbs: candy, sugar, honey, processed sweet snacks, soft drinks and syrup.