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You're so complex: Simple vs. Complex Carbohydrates

Carbohydrates can be broken down into two different types: Simple & Complex.

Simple carbohydrates are “smaller” sugar molecules that raise blood sugar levels quicker than complex carbs, which are “larger” molecules such as fiber and starch that digest more slowly.

Typically, when foods are referred to as “simple carbs”, it means that they contain mostly simple sugars with little nutritional benefit.

Foods that are referred to as “complex carbs” typically contain sugars in addition to other important nutrients such as fiber, vitamins, minerals, and macronutrients.

Soda is typically referred to as a simple carb while vegetables are complex carbs.

It is recommended to focus on consuming foods that are made up mostly of complex carbs in order to control your blood sugar and provide your body with important nutrients.

Healthy carbohydrates we recommend include fruits, vegetables, nuts, and whole grains!

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