The Cool on Carbohydrates

The Benefits of Carbohydrates
Carbohydrates are your body’s first fuel source. They provide you with the energy, to think, move, and recover.

The Different Types of Carbohydrates
Carbohydrates are found in nearly all foods except for meats, hard cheeses, and pure fat sources like butter or oil.

This means that carbohydrates can be found in nuts, seeds, flours, fruits, vegetables, milk, and more. With so many sources of carbohydrates, it is important to note the distinction between a smart-choice and a less-smart choice. This is where separating simple carbohydrates from complex carbohydrates can come in handy.

Simple Carbohydrates
A simple carbohydrate is one that is made of mostly sugar, has little fiber, and may have been processed. They also tend to be digested quickly, which can increase your blood sugar levels and insulin levels.

A few examples of simple carbohydrates are maple syrup, fruit jam, white sugar, brown sugar, and honey.

Complex Carbohydrates
Complex carbohydrates are those that are digested slowly and tend to be nutritionally dense with vitamins and minerals. These are the best carbohydrates to choose because they make you feel full longer due to the higher fiber content.

What is fiber?
Fiber is a type of carbohydrate that helps absorb water and bulk-up waste in the colon. It also slows digestion and makes you feel satiated.

Some foods that are high in fiber include vegetables, fruits, and more.