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Calculating The Number Of Complex Carbohydrates And Simple Carbohydrates
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
Carbohydrates: That is a tough call without more information. Your height, your weight, your food intake, your physical activity, etc. all have an impact on your blood sugar. For a week I would recommend you check your blood sugar before breakfast and again before lunch. Document what you ate at breakfast and any snacks before lunch. This should help you decide how you are doing with pre-diabetes. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
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
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Is there a standard % of carbohydrates that need to be or should be complex vs simple for dailey intake?
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
Can you tell me what number of carbohydrates should a man have every day if he has type 2 diabetes?
Are the carbohydrates found in meat, particularly chicken, considered simple or complex? Or a mix of both?
Meat: There are no carbohydrates found in meat unless they are added in the cooking. ...Read more
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Can you tell me what could i eat on a strictly whole-food, high-fiber, low simple-carbohydrate, low-fat diet?
DEPENDS: as to what your present weight is and what your goal is! Sounds like you could benefit from a consultation with a Certified NUTRITIONIST! Hope this is helpful Dr Z ...Read more
Since simple carbs raises insulin and get delivered to the cells rapidly why is it called BAD and that it shouldn't be consumed with large quantities?
Don't count: A normal healthy teenager without diabetes should not be counting carbs. You should be eating a well-rounded diet that includes proteins, good fats and carbs. Your only restriction on carbs is avoidance of simple sugar -your carbs should be complex carbohydrates such as fruit, pasta, whole grains, rice. If you are diabetic, then you need to talk individually with doc and dietician about # of carbs ...Read more
Morning blood gluc often 105. Lower some days however. Should I be concerned and if so how important is it that I cut out simple carbs from my diet?
Ifg: Assuming fasting, you have impaired fasting glucose (ifg), whereas your glucose is only mildly elevated (with a normal fasting bg being 70-100). Certainly, it's important to watch your diet, as ifg is a precursor to developing type 2 diabetes. Best wishes, stay well. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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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