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Primary Complex Carbohydrates Vs Simple Carbohydrates
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
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
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
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
Protein: Low carbohydrate diets tend to emphasize higher amounts of protein to get into 'ketosis' (not the same as keto-acidosis). This is a 'fat-burning' state. Low carb diets must be low-calorie as well, however, to work. Low calorie-diets alone simply lower overall calorie intake but those calories could be in the form of carbohydrates, protein or fat. ...Read more
Yes: Yes to both.Get a more detailed answer ›
Glycemic index.: That to which you infer is the glycemic index, which is an indicator of the simplicity of a carbohydrate source. Bananas have a high GI, and behave more like a simple sugar. Apples, blueberries, cranberries and strawberries have a low GI, behaving more like complex carbohydrates. ...Read more
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
A combination is key: Cutting out sugar and starch is important due to the carbohydrates causing weight gain. Eating carbohydrates leads to the release of the fat-storage hormone insulin, which acts to remove nutrients from the bloodstream and store it as fat. However, managing cal. Is also important. Weight loss occurs when your caloric expenditure exceeds your caloric intake so be active and aware of cal. Consumption. ...Read more
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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