Throughout this blog, whenever the subject of carbs comes up, I try to emphasize the the fact that carbs are not created equal.
There are the simple carbohydrates that are bad for your health, cause weight gain and prevent weight loss. People who eat a standard American diet (SAD) typically consume excessive amounts of simple carbohydrates.
And, then there are the complex carbohydrates that are good for your health and play a key role in successful weight loss. People who eat a whole food, plant-based diet rich in fruit, vegetables, beans, legumes, raw nuts and seeds, unrefined grains typically and avoid processed, junk and fast food, typically consume a good amount of healthy complex carbs, while avoiding the unhealthy, fat-causing simple carbs.
This infographic entitled "Good Carbs vs. Bad Carbs" explains the difference between healthy and unhealthy carbs. It also illustrates how the Glycemic Index (GI) measures how a particular food raises blood sugar levels. Finally, it lists some common foods and their ranking on the GI scale to help you to make healthier food choices.
In summary, complex (good) carbohydrates:
- Are high in fiber and nutrients
- rank low on the Glycemic Index (low GI is good!)
- help you to feel full with fewer calories
- naturally stimulate your metabolism
Infographic Source: Low Carb Foods