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Doctor insights on: Describe The Differences Between Simple And Complex Carbohydrates

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

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

Carbs (Definition)

Carbs is an abbreviation for carbohydrates. The human body breaks down carbohydrates into basic sugars such ...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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What's the main difference between glucose and a carbohydrate?

What's the main difference between glucose and a carbohydrate?

The same: Glucose is a monosaccharide, a simple sugar. Any sugar or starch is considered a carbohydrate. Carbohydrates can be more complex, like in pasta. They can be less complex like the disaccharide found in milk, which is lactose (composed of glucose and galactose), as another example. ...Read more

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What's the difference between sugars and carbohydrates when carbs just turn into sugar. ?

What's the difference between sugars and carbohydrates when carbs just turn into sugar. ?

WeAllNeedALitleSugar: Carbo:carbon, Hydrate:water(hydrogen and oxygen)--boring but important.All kinds out there,from digestible to indigestible. In the end the body needs to break them down into glucose, which is then run through our metabolic mill to eventually give us energy to live. A sugar is just a very simple carbohydrate(e.g. glucose). Real complex ones are starches(like in a potato),then broken down to glucose ...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?

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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What is the difference between sugar and carbohydrates if everything becomes glucose?

What is the difference between sugar and carbohydrates if everything becomes glucose?

Refined sugar: Refined sugar gets broken into glucose very quick practically as soon as it touches your mouth! carbohydrates include startches which take longer to be broken down into glucose. ...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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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?

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