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what is the difference between good carbs and bad carbs?

What a complicated mess I find myself in when I go shopping. I have had many tell me that "Eat this, it's complex." or "Don't eat that, because it's worthless." So many "carb" issues that it's affecting my total health issue. I eat rather healthy (organic), however, I don't want a simple carb to become my future plateau.

What is the difference in good carbs and bad carbs?


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The simple answer to this question is this: good carbs are unprocessed carbohydrates in their 'natural' state - or very close to their natural state. In other words they have been minimally altered by man or machine (or not altered at all). Most diet experts agree that green vegetables are the 'ultimate' good carbs. In fact, pretty much all 'leafy' vegetables and fruits fit into this category. Beans and legumes are also, generally, included on the 'good carbs' list, as are nuts and seeds. Finally, whole-grain cereal foods - including whole-grain breads and pastas - are considered by many to be good carb foods

Good carbs have these healthy characteristics:

◦high in fiber: helps you stay full longer (and avoid overeating), provides sustained energy, lowers cholesterol levels, helps to remove toxins from the body
◦low glycemic index: stabilizes blood sugar levels and insulin production
◦high in nutrients: natural vitamins, minerals & phytonutrients promote health and help to prevent chronic disease
◦low 'energy-density' (except nuts & seeds): provides sustained energy, promotes healthy weight loss and long-term weight maintenance
◦greater 'thermic effect': naturally stimulates metabolism and promotes fat loss

Bad carbs are refined, processed carbohydrate foods that have had all or most of their natural nutrients and fiber removed in order to make them easier to transport and more 'consumer friendly.' Most baked goods, white breads, pastas, snack foods, candies, and non-diet soft drinks fit into this category. Bleached, enriched wheat flour and white sugar - along with an array of artificial flavorings, colorings, and preservatives - are the most common ingredients used to make 'bad carb' foods.

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