No carbohydrates [carbs] are good or bad. No food is truly bad or good. Carbohydrates and food items simply cause different things to happen in your body when you eat them. It is better to think of carbohydrates as whether you should eat them or avoid them, as opposed to them being bad or good.
There are distinct differences between certain types of carbohydrates. You understand that not all fruits look and taste the same. The same is true with vegetables. There are any number of variations of pizzas. So there are definitely different types of carbs. Let’s take a look at the construction of carbohydrates, because that really is what makes carbs either healthy or unhealthy for your body.
Simple and complex carbohydrates difference
In the case of simple carbs, they enter your bloodstream almost instantly. This is not a good thing. When the carbs you eat are complex, they are hard for your body to break down. Imagine a simple puzzle or brainteaser as opposed to the New York Times crossword puzzle.
Solving a simple puzzle doesn’t do much, if anything, for your brainpower. Solving the New York Times crossword puzzle gives you an incredibly healthy brain boost. The same difference applies to simple and complex carbs.
Carbs are sugars. They come in a couple of forms, simple and complex. You may hear simple carbohydrates referred to as simple sugars or simple starches as well. Simple carbs, as mentioned above, enter your bloodstream rapidly. They raise your blood glucose levels quickly. Unfortunately, the sugar in these “bad” carbs is rapidly converted and stored as fat, to be used as an energy source later.
Complex carbohydrates are very difficult to break down
Their construction is intricate, so they are hard to take apart. They are usually much higher in dietary fiber than simple carbs, and any glucose in these carbs is efficiently processed before it goes straight into your bloodstream.
Simple carbohydrates include soft drinks, candy, artificial syrups, table sugar, pastries and desserts, white rice, white pasta and white bread. Complex carbs, “good” carbs, are found in beans, legumes, nuts, whole grains, fruits and vegetables. If you just do what mama told you when you were a kid (Eat your fruits and vegetables!), you will avoid most simple carbs, enjoy lots of complex carbs, and treat your brain and body to better health and wellness.