Simple, Complex Carb Cheat Sheet

Carb Cheat Sheet

Working to shed extra pounds? If so, you'll want to know the difference between simple and complex carbohydrates, organic compounds in foods and drinks that the body stores until they're used as energy or broken down and converted to fat. It's critical info because simple carbs are more quickly converted to fat, while complex carbs can make you feel fuller and boost your energy levels, helping you to lose weight.

But do you know which foods and drinks are of carb types? Metabolic Research Center offers a quick cheat sheet of the most common of simple and complex carb food and drink items.

Foods with Simple Carbohydrates

  • Baked goods (including bread) made with white flour
  • Cake
  • Candy
  • Candy bar
  • Carbonated drink
  • Chocolate
  • Cookie
  • Corn syrup
  • Fruit juice
  • Fruit preserve or jam
  • Fudge
  • Honey
  • 2% or regular milk
  • Most packaged cereals
  • Pasta made with white flour
  • Table sugar
  • Full fat yogurt

Foods with Complex Carbohydrates

  • Apple
  • Apricot
  • Artichoke
  • Asparagus
  • Banana
  • Blackberry
  • Black current
  • Blueberry
  • Broccoli
  • Brown rice
  • Brussels sprout
  • Buckwheat
  • Buckwheat bread
  • Cabbage
  • Carrot
  • Cauliflower
  • Celery
  • Cherry
  • Cranberry
  • Cucumber
  • Dill pickle
  • Dried apricot
  • Eggplant
  • Garbanzo bean
  • Grapefruit
  • Kidney bean
  • Kiwi
  • Lemon
  • Lentils
  • Lettuce
  • Low fat yogurt
  • Lychee
  • Melon
  • Multi-grain bread
  • Museli
  • Navy bean
  • Oat bran bread and cereal
  • Oatmeal
  • Okra
  • Onions
  • Orange
  • Peach
  • Pear
  • Pinto bean
  • Plum
  • Potato
  • Prune
  • Radish
  • Raspberry
  • Skim milk
  • Spinach
  • Split pea
  • Soybean
  • Soy milk
  • Strawberry
  • Turnip green
  • Wild rice
  • Watercress
  • Whole barley
  • Whole meal bread
  • Whole meal flour
  • Whole meal pasta
  • Yam
  • Zucchini

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