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Simple vs. Complex Carbs

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This week we are going to give you a crash course in carb-ology, helping you to make informed decisions about what you are putting in your body. Since carbohydrates come in many forms, let’s unpack exactly what that means for consumers.

Simple carbs are composed of sugars that are easy to digest, with very little nutritional value. Limit foods that are high in sugar and low in fiber, as these are a surefire way to know that what you’re eating is a “bad” carbohydrate.

Despite the fact that fruits and vegetables are composed of simple carbs, the main difference is the fiber content. Fiber aids in digestion, ultimately keeping our bodies like healthy, functioning machines – so in this case – simple carbs can actually be good for you.

Complex carbohydrates host a longer series of sugars, which take a longer time to digest and keep you going throughout the day. These foods are classified by their glycemic index (GI), where whole grains are rated lower than their white counterparts. Look for lower GI  foods to maximize your carbohydrate consumption.

Stay informed! Read nutritional labels and be aware of what’s going into your body.

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