What Carb Type are Your Favorite Foods?

Your Favorite Carb

If you're looking to slim down, 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. Why? Because knowing which type of carb fills your daily diet can make the difference in meeting and maintaining your weight loss goals.

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. To that end, Metabolic Research Center offers a cheat sheet of the most common of simple and complex carb food and drink choices.

Foods with Simple Carbohydrates

  • Baked goods (including bread) made with white flour
  • Cake
  • Candy and candy bars
  • Carbonated drinks
  • Chocolates
  • Cookies
  • Corn syrup
  • Fruit juice
  • Fruit preserve or jams
  • Fudge
  • Honey
  • Milk - whole or two-percent
  • Most packaged cereals
  • Pasta made with white flour
  • Table sugar
  • Full fat yogurt

Foods with Complex Carbohydrates

  • Apples
  • Apricots
  • Artichokes
  • Asparagus
  • Bananas
  • Blackberries
  • Black currents
  • Blueberries
  • Broccoli
  • Brown rice
  • Brussels sprouts
  • Buckwheat and buckwheat bread
  • Cabbage
  • Carrots
  • Cauliflower
  • Celery
  • Cherries
  • Cranberries
  • Cucumbers
  • Dill pickles
  • Dried apricots
  • Eggplant
  • Garbanzo beans
  • Grapefruit
  • Kidney beans
  • Kiwi
  • Lemons
  • Lentils
  • Lettuce
  • Low fat yogurt
  • Lychee
  • Melons
  • Multi-grain breads
  • Museli
  • Navy beans
  • Oat bran breads and cereals
  • Oatmeal
  • Okra
  • Onions
  • Oranges
  • Peaches
  • Pears
  • Pinto beans
  • Plums
  • Potatoes
  • Prunes
  • Radishes
  • Raspberries
  • Skim milk
  • Spinach
  • Split peas
  • Soybeans
  • Soy milk
  • Strawberries
  • Turnip greens
  • Wild rice
  • Watercress
  • Whole barley
  • Whole meal breads
  • Whole meal flour
  • Whole meal pasta
  • Yam
  • Zucchini 

Need more help? Metabolic Research Center can design a customized nutrition and exercise plan to assist you in meeting and maintaining your weight loss goals. Call 800-501-8090 and schedule an appointment at your nearest MRC location. 


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