Uncovering the truth about complex carbohydrates and their many health benefits to help you to naturally lose weight and enhance your well-being
This article goes out to all of my fellow brothers and sisters who are still limiting the amount of carbohydrates that they eat with every meal. Trust me, I know how you must feel -- I lived for years upon years refusing to eat rice or potatoes with my meals, just ordering "protein" and asking for no rice (or potatoes) while I watched my family and friends next to me enjoying the rice and potatoes that they carelessly ordered. Well, that was then and (after I realized some key facts about nutrition and digestion) now I eat complex carbohydrates literally with each and every meal. Why? Because complex carbohydrates are an essential part to any healthy meal in terms of dietary nutrition and all around human digestion. And, just like me, you too can also order freely and enjoy your complex carbohydrates with every meal while you use your foods to safely and effectively lose weight (and also prevent and even reverse heart disease, diabetes and the other common chronic illnesses that a majority of Standard American Diet followers are afflicted with).
"..there is a mountain of scientific evidence to show that the healthiest diet you can possibly consume is a high-carbohydrate diet. It has been shown to reverse heart disease, reverse diabetes, prevent a plethora of chronic diseases, and yes, it has been shown many times to cause significant weight loss." The China Study →
What exactly makes a carbohydrate complex
For the most part, pretty much all carbohydrates come from either fruits, vegetables or grains and, when these foods are still in their original, natural state (i.e. they are not processed or refined), they are in their complex form. Carbohydrates in their complex form are full of accessible energy for the body and also contain dietary fibers as well as large amounts of vitamins and minerals. In addition, complex carbohydrates are able to be broken down in a uniform and controlled manner during digestion, helping to provide various health benefits to the consumer. I don't know about you but, I used to think that foods like rice, potatoes and pasta were complex carbohydrates and all fruits and vegetables (besides potatoes) were simple carbohydrates. Boy, was I ill-informed but, now I know.
Exposing simple carbohydrates for what they are
On the flip side, simple carbohydrates are just that -- simple and stripped down completely to a practically useless form, without any fiber, vitamins or minerals contained for digesting. Simple carbohydrates are highly processed and highly refined (and highly toxic) to the human body. Some example simple carbohydrates can be found if foods like (processed) chips and crackers; white bread, sweets like candy bars and pastries as well as sugar-filled soda drinks. Highly refined carbohydrates come from grains or sugar plants (i.e. sugar cane or sugar beets) and they are in turn digested down to their simplest form as carbohydrates, making for blood sugar (or glucose) as they are absorbed in to the body. To say the least, simple carbohydrates are simply detrimental to the human body.
What carbohydrates to eat and what carbohydrates to avoid
To clarify, complex carbohydrates are carbohydrates which are in their natural form -- unrefined, unprocessed and full of fiber, vitamins and minerals whereas simple carbohydrates are classified as carbohydrates which have been processed, refined and robbed of their (valuable) fiber, vitamin and mineral content. Have a look below at some examples of each, with the best of the good noted and the worst of the bad noted, and consider your health next time you prepare for your next meal. And, if you would like a little help figuring out what foods to eat and when, send me a message →
Complex Carbohydrates (Good)
- Brown rice
Simple Carbohydrates (Bad)
- White bread
- Potato chips
- Candy bars
- Soda drinks