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Good Carbs vs Bad Carbs

Carbohydrates

What is carbs

Carbohydrates are naturally occurring sugars, starches and fiber in food. All carbohydrates are made up of sugar molecules. Sugar molecules linked together form starches and fiber.

In the body, starches and sugars are broken down in the digestive system to glucose. Glucose is the fuel that provides energy and powers all of the body’s functions. Glucose is also called blood sugar.

Good Carbs vs Bad Carbs

Good carbs means foods that contain high fiber amounts. Good carbs take longer to be broken down by the body and used for energy. They are found in whole grain breads and cereals, products made from whole wheat flour, vegetables and fruits.

Bad carbs refers to foods that contain refined carbohydrates with a low fiber amount

Good Carbs Source
Bad Carbs Sources
  • White Pasta
  • Sugary cereals
  • Carbonated drinks
  • Cake
  • Candy
  • White bread
  • Maple syrup

Reasons to avoid sugar and simple carbs

Eating refined carbs is linked to drastically increased risk of many diseases, including obesity, heart disease and type 2 diabetes.

Almost every nutrition expert agrees that refined carbs should be limited, However, they are still the main source of dietary carbs in many countries specially in India

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