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What's the benefit of consuming complex carbohydrates (grains mostly) over simple carbohydrates (fruits, veggies)?

What's the benefit of consuming complex carbohydrates (grains mostly) over simple carbohydrates (fruits, veggies)?

You got it backwards: Fruits and veggies are NOT simple carbohydrates! Simple carbohydrates are sugars and foods that easily break down into sugars,such as white flour,white rice, potatoes and juices.These readily raise our blood sugar, which is unhealthy.Complex carbohydrates are found in whole grains,most vegetables and fruits and generally contain fiber. These raise blood sugar less. See http://tinyurl.com/y8f4cagu ...Read more

Carbs (Definition)

Carbs is an abbreviation for carbohydrates. The human body breaks down carbohydrates into basic sugars such ...Read more


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Are eating complex carbohydrates better for weight control than simple carbohydrates like rice?

Are eating complex carbohydrates better for weight control than simple carbohydrates like rice?

Carb Quandry : Some "complex" carbs(brown rice, whole wheat) are metabolized slowly and are better for weight management but ultimately if you consume more calories than you need you will gain weight. Reduce all carbs, especially simple carbs(white bread, rice or pasta). Eat frequent(6) small meals a day. Exercise vigorously for about 150 min a week, drink plenty (60 oz) of water and get 8 hours of good sleep. ...Read more

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Is there a standard % of carbohydrates that need to be or should be complex vs simple for dailey intake?

Is there a standard % of carbohydrates that need to be or should be complex vs simple for dailey intake?

See below: Generally (unless you are dieting), carbs represent approximately 30% - 50% of your caloric intake. Complex carbs must be broken down to simple carbs to facilitate absorption (i.e. Simple carbs are easier to absorb). ...Read more

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Which is better before exercise simple or complex (light to moderate) carbohydrates if diabetic? Why?

Which is better before exercise simple or complex (light to moderate) carbohydrates if diabetic? Why?

Complex is better: Complex is always better because simple will just elevate your blood sugars and increase the water absorption without offering you longterm glucose support. Generally, unless you are a professional athlete, a normal diet before exercise is sufficient and doesn't have to be carbohyudrate heavy. ...Read more

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Can consuming too much simple carbohydrates lead to fatigue?

Can consuming too much simple carbohydrates lead to fatigue?

Yes: For a variety of reasons, too many simple carbohydrates can lead to fatigue, . If you have healthy pancreas, sugar will often initially give you a surge in energy, but then the blood sugar falls and you get fatigued, often wanting more cho. If this is chronic, Insulin resistance will lead to diabetes which cause other reasons for fatigue. Try to avoid that. ...Read more

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Can you answer, is simple carbohydrates and protein with every meal a good plan for diet?

Can you answer, is simple carbohydrates and protein with every meal a good plan for diet?

Every one of: Your three meals/day should include water, complex carbohydrates, a moderate amount of protein and some fat, preferably unsaturated or monosaturated. Eat less than your burn off and you'll lose weight in a healthy fashion. It's not rocket science. ...Read more

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Is a diabetic to eat more of complex carbohydrates and reduce simple carbs...What are foods having complex carbs and will it cotrol PP sugar levels.

Is a diabetic to eat more of complex carbohydrates and reduce simple carbs...What are foods having complex carbs and will it cotrol PP sugar levels.

In general,: it is the glycemic index (GI) of the food that makes a significant difference in how the food affects PP glucose levels. The higher the GI the faster and the more it will increase blood glucose level. More complex carbohydrates tend to have lower GI than simple carbohydrates. Understanding GI can be very beneficial in controlling diabetes. A wealth of information about GI is available online. ...Read more

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How much time does it take to the body to absorb simple and complex carbohydrates?

Eating: There is no simple answer to this question. It varies and is a complex issue based upon what else one is eating, what diseases one has; if one is on medication, etc. I would be interested what prompts the question. There seems to be little real life use for this information since it will change every day in each human. ...Read more

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If I had to make a choice between two unhealthy foods, should I choose the oily fried foods or the sugary/simple carbohydrate food?

If I had to make a choice between two unhealthy foods, should I choose the oily fried foods or the sugary/simple carbohydrate food?

Avoid the carbs: We should have a balanced diet, but to answer your question I believe the carbohydrates are worse! Cause fluctuations in your blood sugar that will result in more cravings soon ...Read more

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Can you tell me what could i eat on a strictly whole-food, high-fiber, low simple-carbohydrate, low-fat diet?

Can you tell me what could i eat on a strictly whole-food, high-fiber, low simple-carbohydrate, low-fat diet?

Good diet: You are exactly describing the Dean Ornish diet. Here is the answer to your question (click on the tab labelled "Prevention Food Guide Pyramid") - for specific suggestions: http://ornishspectrum.com/proven-program/nutrition/ ...Read more

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Could eating simple carbs cause testosterone to increase or to decrease ?

Could eating simple carbs cause testosterone to increase or to decrease ?

Maybe decrease: If you eat too many simple carbs, or even too many carbs in general, and develop Insulin resistance, your testosterone level can certainly decrease. If you develop type 2 diabetes, you are at high risk of having low testosterone levels. ...Read more

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Could complex carbs have the same effects as simple carbs when it comes to weight loss?

Even though: calories are calories. Complex carbs can be slower to break down than refined sugars. Thus blood sugar blood levels may not spike as rapidly with potential rapid release of insulin. ...Read more

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Please explain what happens if you're eating a low carb diet but the carbs are simple ones?

Please explain what happens if you're eating a low carb diet but the carbs are simple ones?

Simple: Refined, processed carbs are low in nutrients ; dietary fiber - this means they are broken down rapidly. It is sort of self-defeating to go on a low carb diet where the carbs are refined. ...Read more

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What are simple yet healthy snacks i can take between sessions to keep my energy up without risking having carbs?

Nuts and..: Try nuts - has proteins and oils for energy (as long as you do not have allergies). You may be able to take some grains (such as oats) as they are complex carbs and do not cause the "sugar rush" that is a concern for some. Clearly this is more complicated depending on your goals and underlying medical condition. ...Read more

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Why are simple carbs bad?

Why are simple carbs bad?

Carbs: They tend to raise your blood glucose rapidly, they are things with a high lucemic index. If your body is flooded with lots of glucose at once, extra is stored in my favorite cell and your the fat cell. ...Read more

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Wheat chex cereal complex carbs or simple?

Both: complex carbs in chex are listed as carbs and the simple ones are listed as sugars. The total carbs minus the simple sugars leaves you with the amount of complex carbs. ...Read more

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The nutrition facts on a food has carbs and then sugar. Do they mean the simple sugars aka monosacharides; glucose, fructose, and galactose?

The nutrition facts on a food has carbs and then sugar. Do they mean the simple sugars aka monosacharides; glucose, fructose, and galactose?

Food Labels: Total carbohydrates include all sugars and fiber. Sugar includes simple sugars and sugar alcohol. Here are three websites about reading food labels: http://www.Fda.Gov/food/ingredientspackaginglabeling/labelingnutrition/ucm274593.Htm http://www.Diabetes.Org/food-and-fitness/food/what-can-i-eat/taking-a-closer-look-at-labels.Html#sugar_alcohols http://www.Heart.Org/heartorg/gettinghealthy/nutrition. ...Read more