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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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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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Hi I want to know if the sugars and carbs found in fruits are bad for people who have diabetes. All fruits have sugar and will it increase sugar level?

Hi I want to know if the sugars and carbs found in fruits are bad for people who have diabetes. All fruits have sugar and will it increase sugar level?

Diabetes: I strongly recommend that you see a dietitian to help you control your blood sugar. I assume that your diabetes at age 43 is type 2 diabetes. In that case you should work with the dietitian to rid yourself of diabetes. YES, THAT SHOULD HAPPEN IF YOU TAKE GOOD CARE OF YOURSELF! Once you rid yourself of diabetes you will start telling all your friends with type two diabetes!! ...Read more

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Is diet sprite with zero calories, zero carbs, and zero sugar bad for you?

Is diet sprite with zero calories, zero carbs, and zero sugar bad for you?

Agree w Dr. Annis: She provide a lot of excellent information about how artificial sweeteners can impact blood sugar and weight. An additional impact of carbonic acid is that it can contribute to tooth decay. ...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

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Good idea or unnecessary to have a modest amount of simple carbs (sugars) in the AM upon waking (due to having "fasted" for several hours (sleeping))?

Good idea or unnecessary to have a modest amount of simple carbs (sugars) in the AM upon waking (due to having "fasted" for several hours (sleeping))?

Unnecessary, unwise: It's healthy for our bodies to go many hours fasting- healthy person can maintain stable blood sugars for much longer than people sleep. Sugars are toxic. Throughout human evolution sugars (other than those found in fruit) were not part of the diet (other than occ. honey). See http://tinyurl.com/nd33q5x on how bad sugar is for us and http://authoritynutrition.com/intermittent-fasting-guide/ ...Read more

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Good news: 1 hour after most sizable balanced meals (some carbs, fat, protein) my blood sugar is ~100. Bad news: bfg is usually ~110. Why is that?

Good news: 1 hour after most sizable balanced meals (some carbs, fat, protein) my blood sugar is ~100.  Bad news:  bfg is usually ~110.  Why is that?

Carbs as energy: Let me begin by congratulating you! A postprandial blood sugar of 100 mg/dl range is something to brag about. Obviously you are doing something right and I suspect it has to do with the carb content of the food you are eating and your level of activity. Low glycemic carbs release glucose more slowly while research shows postprandial activity allows muscle cells to use excess glucose as fuel. ...Read more

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Endocrinologist/Dietician: Can you send a link to a list of highly popular brand named foods bought at grocery store low in carbs/sugar for diabetic?

Endocrinologist/Dietician: Can you send a link to a list of highly popular brand named foods bought at grocery store low in carbs/sugar for diabetic?

Interesting question: Foods that are naturally low in carbs include: non-starchy vegetables and low-sugar fruits such as: Salad Greens (lettuce, spinach, cabbage); Swiss chard or other chard, collard greens, kale, bok choy; Herbs (basil, parsley, cilantro); radishes, sprouts, cucumbers, tomatoes; avocado, asparagus, broccoli, green beans, Brussels sprouts; meats, fish, and eggs. Otherwise read food labels. ...Read more

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Eating food high in fat, sugars and carbs is bad for skin and causes hair loss?

Eating food high in fat, sugars and carbs is bad for skin and causes hair loss?

No: You need to stop reading disinformation websites. Now, people tend to overeat greasy and sugary stuff and that's how they get fat. The public therefore comes to believe that this stuff is "bad for you" and people are ready to believe that is causes other problems as well. In fact, acne & most other skill trouble is mostly unrelated to diet, and balding is hereditary. ...Read more

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Is sugar found in fruits- such as dates-bad for weight loss? How much should I have? (on a daily calorie diet of 1, 352) also dates have carbs! >_<

Is sugar found in fruits- such as dates-bad for weight loss? How much should I have? (on a daily calorie diet of 1, 352) also dates have carbs! >_<

YES,choose low glyc.: All sugars are carbs (though not all carbs are sugars). Minimizing sugar is crucial for weight loss. Some fruits have much more sugar than others. Glycemic index measures how much a food raises blood sugar. Dates actually raise blood sugar more than pure sugar! low-glycemic fruits like berries, cherries ; apples can be eaten in moderation; avoid high-glycemic fruits. See http://abt.Cm/1qoyvhx. ...Read more

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Heard sugar & simple carbs turn into same thing once digested. why then do i feel sick after eating much sugar, but not after eating much wheat/rice?

Heard sugar & simple carbs turn into same thing once digested. why then do i feel sick after eating much sugar, but not after eating much wheat/rice?

It could be: the rate at which these substances are metabolized. Once in your digestive tract sugar hydrolyzes into fructose and glucose. Glucose starts out as a carbohydrate but is quickly stored as a fat. Rice and wheat are made up of more complex chains of carbohydrates with fewer simple sugars. The effect of these foods on raising blood sugar may not be as rapid as with simple sugar. Hope this helps:) ...Read more

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I'm pre-diabetic, hence told to avoid "bad" carbs, sugar or anything with high glycemic load. So are bananas a bad idea? What about orange juice?

I'm pre-diabetic, hence told to avoid "bad" carbs, sugar or anything with high glycemic load.  So are bananas a bad idea?  What about orange juice?

Pre-diabetic: I am never comfortable with the term "pre-diabetic". Either you have diabetes or you don't. That said, this would be a good time for you to go online and learn more about carbs and calories. Bananas are OK. ...Read more

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Is it true that carbohydrates have sugar ? If it is then how much do we need to consume it ?

Is it true that carbohydrates have sugar ? If it is then how much do we need to consume it ?

Many carbs don't: All sugars are carbohydrates but most carbs are not sugar. We don't need to consume any sugar, but low-sugar carbs should be our main source of calories. It is healthy to eat fruits that do have some sugars, but no one needs refined sugar. For a good discussion of the difference between "good" & "bad" carbs see http://www.Hsph.Harvard.Edu/nutritionsource/carbohydrates-full-story/. ...Read more

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What if i stop eating carbohydrates, sugar and dinner, will i lose weight?

What if i stop eating carbohydrates, sugar and dinner, will i lose weight?

Breast size: Breast size is affected by weight loss, and many other factors including hormones and pregnanacy. ...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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