There is a very real difference between simple and complex carbohydrates. Let's look at them. Simple carbohydrates, found in rice, pasta, white potatoes, and some dairy products, contain sugars that are broken down quickly by your body. This will provide your body with a quick burst of energy, but if the carbohydrates are not used quickly, the sugar will turn to fat. That's why low-carb diets cut them out. But those diets often lump all carbs together
Complex carbohydrates (starch) are made up of many sugar units and are found in both natural (brown rice) and refined (white bread) form. They are structurally more complex and take longer to be broken down and digested.
Complex carbohydrate foods have been shown to enter the blood stream gradually and trigger only a moderate rise in insulin levels, which stabilizes appetite and results in fewer carbohydrates that are stored as fat. Unrefined or ‘whole grain’ carbohydrates found in products like brown rice, whole wheat pasta and bran cereals are digested slowly. They contain vitamins, minerals and fiber which promote health. Fiber and nutrient-rich vegetables, fruits and beans which are carbohydrates also have many important functions for the body and are important for good health.
What Are Complex Carbohydrates?
Anyone who has ever been on a diet has probably heard over and over again that they should limit their intake of simple carbohydrates while it is ok to eat a diet rich in foods containing complex carbohydrates. The unfortunate thing is that many of us just don’t know what the difference is and are probably asking ourselves, "Exactly what are complex carbohydrates?" The scientific explanation is that they are complex compounds of three or more sugar molecules also called polysaccharides. However, that doesn’t tell us very much other than they are a bunch of simple sugars bonded together to form a compound. So exactly what are complex