Thread: Are carbs bad?
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Old 05-26-2011, 05:30 PM   #2 (permalink)
rpmcduff
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All Carbs are not necessarily bad. Most of us try to limit our intake of Simple Carbohydrates like sugar, white grain products (white bread, white rice, processed/packaged foods like crackers and cookies) and potatoes. This class of carbs have no, or very little, fiber and so they digest quickly. The starches and sugars are converted into glycogen which is the fuel our muscle use for energy. The problem is because these digest so quickly our glycogen stores are quickly re-filled. When this happen any additional calories are converted and stored as fat.

Complex carbohydrates like those found in whole grain products, oatmeal, sweet potatoes, fruits and vegetables digest slower because of the fiber they contain. This provides a steady stream of energy to be converted to glycogen instead of the one ovewhelming onslaught that the same calorie equivalent of simple carbs would provide. The result is that complex carbs are much less likely to be stored as fat than simple carbs.

This is the reasoning behind tracking Net Carbohydrates. Net Carbohydrates are your Total carbs minus fiber which which gives your simple carb count.

My advice is to eat as few simple carbs as possible. Use whole grain bread, pasta, etc.. Eat whole fruit instead of drinking fruit juice, and eat more vegetables.
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