Why We Should Eat More Complex vs Simple Carbohydrates

Both “simple carbs” and “complex carbs” are digested into the bloodstream as glucose which fuels our bodies for daily activity and exercise.

“Simple carbs” are composed of refined sugars and contain no nutritional value which is why they should only be eaten occasionally. “Simple carbs” are digested and absorbed into the bloodstream quickly, giving the body a quick energy high. Unfortunately, “simple carbs” can also produce a corresponding energy low, potentially leading to hunger cravings and excessive eating. “Simple carbs” include white bread, bagels, muffins, pancakes, white rice, white pasta, pastries, candy, cookies, chips and soft drinks.

“Complex carbohydrates” contain naturally occurring sugars. They break down more slowly, giving our bodies a steady blood sugar level throughout the day. This makes us feel less hungry when mid-afternoon sets in. Majority of our daily carbohydrate intake should come from “complex carbs” which contain vitamins, minerals, and fiber.  

Some of the top “complex carbohydrate” foods include:
• Sprouted or 100% whole grain bread
• Brown rice
• Wild rice
• Whole-grain pasta
• Sweet potatoes
• Lentils
• Kidney beans
• Split peas
• Black beans
• Navy beans
• Chick peas
• Black-eyed peas