Carbohydrates Good or Bad

Grinding Wheat Berries

There is a big war going on against carbohydrates.  Are they good or bad for you?  The answer is yes and no.  Great answer right!

Fiber and carbs go together.  Most people don’t eat enough fiber.  We need fiber for these reasons.

  1.  Fiber slows down the absorption of other nutrients eaten at the sometimes as carbs.
  2. Fiber slows down carbs and prevents highs and lows in your blood sugar level.  Reduces Type 2 diabetes.
  3. Fiber helps you feel full, cutting down on the amount you want to eat

Complex carbs are the good carbs.  Why are carbs good, because it takes our body longer to break down the long sequence of sugars.  Which means the sugars are released t a lower and more consistent rate.

Food eaten straight from the earth or real foods are less processed and better for you.  Real or complex carbs are fresh fruits vegetables, beans, whole wheat, barley, couscous, brown rice and millet to name a few.

Simple carbs are made up of easy to digest basic sugars that have no real value for our bodies.  Login in fiber and high in sugar.  Soda, candy, white bread, white rice, artificial syrups, pasta pastries and desserts.  Potatoes are a couple carb but act more like a simple carb.

Read the box.  If the first ingredient is whole wheat or whole oat flour it is going to be more complex carbs.

Switching to low-fat or fat-free products still may not be a good choice.  Most of these products have sugar added to replace the fats.  All about taste and sugar taste good.

Eat foods naturally high in fiber, not foods labeled high in fiber.  Fiber has been added to foods labeled high in fiber.

We are able to grow our own wheat, vegetables and some fruits.  Adding a herb garden gives you fresh natural taste to foods.  Dehydrate, freeze and canning preserves and brings healthy meals to the dinner table.

What are your thoughts on Complex and Simple Carbohydrates?

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33 thoughts on “Carbohydrates Good or Bad

  1. I know I am a carbs girl! I love almost anything that has a carb in it LOL! I am glad that complex and simple carbs is more clarified in this post! I know better what to look for!

  2. I definitely love carbs, but have learned that moderation is key. I only make wheat pasta at home and my family doesn’t miss anything.

  3. This is really informative, thank you! I’ve just been reading about oat flour – totally new to me, so I’m going to give that a try 🙂 I totally agree about the herb garden – it makes so much difference to taste.

  4. Did someone say carbs?! Just kidding. I love them though. Like mad love. They also love my belly, thighs and buttocks. Which is why I read this post. I’m going to have to break up with simple carbs and go steady with the complex carbs. Break ups are hard, but you’ve proven they’re just not right for me.

  5. I am such a carb lover. I tried once to cut them out of my diet but I had no energy and was a pretty crabby person. I have learned to simply enjoy everything in moderation!

  6. Thanks for the clear explanation of complex versus simple carbs. I definitely love carbs and probably eat more simple carbs than I should, but I do try to balance it out with complex carbs, like whole wheat bread, produce, and brown rice. I get concerned when people go on diets that villainize all carbs. Thanks for sharing at #BloggingGrandmothersLinkParty!

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