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Difference Between Good Carbs and Bad Carbs

vegetable-vitaminGood Carbs vs. Bad Carbs

Carbs are carbohydrates – sugars and starches which are responsible for providing a major chunk of the energy that our body needs. The building blocks of all carbohydrates are three elements namely hydrogen, carbon, and oxygen.

Food consumed in its natural state, that is, food that is not processed or changed before consumption is known as good carbs. Good carbohydrates also have a high amount of fiber, which in turn is required for a healthy body. Food stuffs with high quantity of fiber are capable of providing lots of energy over a prolonged period of time. Perhaps, that’s why a body that has consumed good carbohydrates feels full. Foods with high fiber content help our respective bodies to remove toxins and also reduce body cholesterol level.

The good carbohydrates are also rich in minerals, nutrients and vitamins. The Glycemic index of good carbs is usually low. By taking in good amounts of good carbohydrates, one can avoid a sudden blood sugar level increase. This is critical for diabetic patients who have the need to check their blood glucose level frequently.

Fruits, legumes, vegetables, seeds, nuts, whole grain breads, whole grain pastas, whole grain cereals etc are good sources of good carbohydrates. Dairy products like milk, cheese and butter can also be excellent sources of good carbohydrates.

In turn, bad carbs are the food items that are refined and processed before being consumed. In short, any food that is changed from its natural state before it is eaten by a person can be labeled as a bad carbohydrate. When the natural food is processed, it is mixed with preservatives, coloring and flavorings which turn it into bad carbohydrates.

Foods that contain bad carbohydrate are generally tasty and best sellers. The manufacturers also market them in easy-for-use packs. Because preservatives included in  these food items can’t be digested easily and lead to spikes in blood glucose level. If left unattended, it becomes very harmful for the body. Some of the items that contain bad carbs are confectionaries, cakes, pastries, sodas etc.

Continued consumption of bad carbohydrates will result in the person gaining weight. Calories are not present in bad carbs -they are empty and their nutritional value is minimal. People consuming bad carbohydrates expose themselves to a lot of risk in their life. Bad carb consumers usually end up complaining about heart diseases, obesity, diabetes etc.

There is a marked difference noticed in the human body once the two different carbs are consumed. The energy level goes up a great extent if the good carb is consumed and on the contrary, when the bad carb is consumed the energy levels take a drastic dip.

If there is a dip in the energy levels due to bad carbs, one can overcome the problem by adding more amounts of protein to the food. To ensure a calm, serene and healthy life the person should be careful with what is consumed.

1. Carbs in their natural state are the good carbs while the processed ones are the bad carbs.
2. The fiber content is high in good carbs and low in bad carbs.
3. In good carbs the energy level remains high for a long time but in the case of bad carbs it comes down quickly.
4. Good carbs contain vitamins and minerals in abundance, while bad carbs contain calories.
5. Good carbs are difficult to digest but healthy and bad carbs, though harmful are easily digestible.

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  1. Learning about good carbs vs bad carbs is one of the most crucial things for someone going on a diet or trying to lose weight.read more…

  2. The sentence “Calories are not present in bad carbs -they are empty and their nutritional value is minimal. ” is half correct.
    There are plenty of calories in bad carbs but they are empty calories, their nutritional value is minimal.

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