Carbohydrates are sugars that come in two forms simple or complex. One being higher in starch and the other in fiber, a dietary starch. The less nutritious carb which of course is the simple carbohydrate which is higher in starch. As carbs are consumed they are digested spiking the blood sugar levels and secreting insulin for blood sugar control. Opposed to complex carbs, simple carbs are easily digested. After digestion the glucose is transported to either muscle or fat tissues for energy use. High consumption of simple carbohydrates can lead to excess fat around the waist, high blood sugar, high blood pressure and increased risk for chronic disease such as type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular disease. Complex carbs containing dietary starch have medium to low glycemic index, are loaded with fiber can’t be broken down as easily resulting in less levels of glucose in the blood.
So be cautious of your food choices and revert to the “Power of Plants” blog for foods high in fiber which are also packed with vitamins and minerals.
More sugars to be aware of: corn syrup, maltose, lactose, dextrose, sucrose, raw sugar and mostly any unfamiliar ingredient ending in “ose” are most likely found on the back of pre-packaged edibles. These pre-packaged items can be easily be confused as healthy snack alternatives due to them being associated with dried fruits, nuts, oats and flavored water. The sugars hiding in these edibles activate the reward system in our brain encouraging us to eat more which increases our tolerance to sugar and causes cravings. Eating a well-balanced meal consisting of vegetables/fruit, another complex carbs and your choice of meat also boost dopamine levels. The dopamine levels may remain elevated if new foods are constantly introduced to this proper eating habit providing a variety of nutrients and minerals rewarding the brain as well the body. So, choosing the right foods are just as satisfying but has even more benefits to the body opposed to junk foods filled with simple sugar.
NOTE: – Your overall wellbeing will be boosted by exercising regularly, eating the best foods and avoiding simple sugars so it should never be a need for the usage of drugs and synthetic vitamins, unless prescribe by your doctor.
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