Examples of Simple and Complex Carbohydrates


Complex Carbs

On your weight loss journey, you've likely learned a thing or two about 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. Knowing which type of carbs you're eating or drinking is important because simple carbs are more quickly converted to fat, while complex carbs can help to make you feel fuller and boost your energy levels, helping you to lose weight.

But which foods and drinks are which carb types? Metabolic Research Center offers a quick cheat sheet of the most common of both carb types.

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
  • Muesli
  • 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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