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Doctor insights on: Complex Carb Vs Whole Grain

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Wheat chex cereal complex carbs or simple?

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

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 low carb diets healthier than diets with whole grains, vegetables, fruit and lean proteins?

Are low carb diets healthier than diets with whole grains, vegetables, fruit and lean proteins?

Not necessarily: There is no single diet that is best for everyone. I believe it is wise to minimize sugars and simple starches, but i believe a diet with whole grains, vegetables, fruit and low-fat proteins is healthier than a strict low carb diet (which is relatively high in fat and protein). See http://drrandybaker.Com/2013/01/20/diet-and-health/ for my essay on the pros and cons of various diets. ...Read more

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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

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On a low carb diet, is whole grain crackers better than eating bread?

On a low carb diet, is whole grain crackers better than eating bread?

It depends: Whichever one has the least amount of carbs is probably best; if you choose bread then choose whole grain bread. Consider whole grain crackers that also have seeds as those will be lower in carbs (such as mary's gone crackers). In following a low carb diet you don't need to completely avoid grains but keep the amount of grains relatively low; whole gluten-free grains are relatively healthy. ...Read more

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Is multigrain or whole wheat bread more healthy?

Food Question: Both of these breads are just a bit better for your health than bleached flour breads but, just barely. They are still 100% carbohydrate calories and some brands actually also contain honey or other sugars to add taste. Carbohydrate calories should be taken in moderation and be no more than 25% of your total calories. ...Read more

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Is cereal healthy or whole grain bread?

Is cereal healthy or whole grain bread?

Eat 2 Beat CA, Pt.12: WHOLE GRAINS: For years, we've been urging our patients to eat three to five servings of whole grains a day. There's good reason: they are linked to a lower risk of colorectal cancer, as a 2013 Danish study of 108,000 people has found. What's more, whole grains offer protection against other chronic conditions, including heart disease & type 2 diabetes. (Ref: AARP, 5/2014) ...Read more

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Is whole grain pasta okay to eat while on a low glycemic index diet?

Is whole grain pasta okay to eat while on a low glycemic index diet?

It depends: It probably depends on how much fiber is in the pasta, the higher the fiber, the lower the glycemic index will be. Try to get one that has at least 5 grams of fiber per serving or higher. ...Read more

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Is fruit and veg whole healthier than smoothies (liquidised)?

Is fruit and veg whole healthier than smoothies (liquidised)?

Yes: Because with whole fruits and veggies, you get the fiber which results in less consumption and quicker satiety (fullness). Smoothies have more sugar from the fruits and veggies due to more being used to make the smoothie. Plus, most smoothies have added ingredients like sugars, syrups, powders, etc - unless you make it yourself. ...Read more

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Are nuts considered complex carbohydrates?

No: Nuts contain protein and good fats. There are very few- carbohydrates in nuts and I wouldn't consider it a source of complex carbs since they are such a minimal amount of the calories in the nuts. Most of the calories comes from the fat. ...Read more

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Refined or whole wheat grain are either one acceptable?

Refined or whole wheat grain are either one acceptable?

Whole grain better: Whole grain foods are better since they have fiber, which slows down the absorption of sugar into the body ...Read more

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Is ground flaxseed a grain or whole grain.

Is ground flaxseed a grain or whole grain.

No- not a grain: Ground flaxseed is a seed, not a grain. Whereas 75-90% of the calories found in grains come from carbohydrates, only about 20% of calories in flaxseeds come from carbs- the rest is (healthy) fats and proteins. Only eat freshly ground flaxseed or it is likely to contain rancid oils. See http://whfoods.Com/genpage.Php?Tname=foodspice;dbid=81. ...Read more

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How many grams of carbohydrates are in whole wheat bread?

12- 20 grams: Anywhere from 12-20 grams of carbohydrates depending on the brand of whole wheat bread. ...Read more

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Is gluten free pasta ( maize starch, soy flour, potato starch and rice starch)with about 40 gm carbohydrates good for cholesterol ?

Does not matter: Since 90% of the cholesterol is produced by the body regardless of your diet, the above would not noticeably affect your cholesterol level. Do note that too much carb may not be good for your health. I don't believe extreme diet does anyone any good. Just eat anything in moderation and exercise at least 3 hrs a week will likely keep you in better shape. ...Read more

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What's the difference between whole wheat and whole grain pasta?

Wheat or other grain: Whole wheat pasta is made only from whole (unrefined, unprocessed) wheat flour. Whole grain pasta can be made from wheat and/or other unrefined grains. ...Read more

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Why does white bread have a higher GI (glycemic index) than whole grain bread?

Why does white bread have a higher GI (glycemic index) than whole grain bread?

Definition: The Glycemic Index (GI) is a relative ranking of carbohydrate in foods according to how they affect blood glucose levels. Carbohydrates with a low GI value (55 or less) are more slowly digested, absorbed and metabolized and cause a lower and slower rise in blood glucose and, therefore insulin levels.? Relative to your question, which bread has more fiber? Ref: http://www.glycemicindex.com/ ...Read more

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Is eating too much fruit (7-9 servings a day) along with a balanced diet of vegetables, proteins, and whole grains, considered too much?

Is eating too much fruit (7-9 servings a day) along with a balanced diet of vegetables, proteins, and whole grains, considered too much?

Too much for what?: It sounds great ! i want to imagine your portions of fruits as kind of moderate or small and balanced...It is only too much effort for any average person to even imagine such a great and healthy diet ! good job. ...Read more

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Whole grain bread is bad for gastritis?

Whole grain bread is bad for gastritis?

Whole grains: Unless you have an allergy or sensitivity to one of the grains present in the whole grain bread, you shouldn't have a problem. Lightly toasting it will make the bread easier to digest. Whole grain breads beat white bread hands down! ...Read more