Differences Between Simple and Complex Sugars


Simple vs Complex Carbs

When working to lose weight, you likely hear a lot about carbohydrates - and much of what you hear may be a little confusing. Are they good? Are they bad? Most of all, will they help you lose weight? It all depends on which type of carbohydrates fill your daily diet.

Carbohydrates essentially are sugars that come in two primary forms - simple and complex, also commonly referred to as simple sugars and starches. The differences between the two are in the chemical structures and, more importantly when it comes to weight loss, the speed at which carbs are digested and absorbed into the body as fat.

Simple carbohydrates are those found in carbonated drinks, processed foods and sauces, cakes and pastries, jellies and jams and candies. Theygive these foods and drinks their sweet taste. Complex carbs are those found in certain fruits and vegetables, nuts, oats, wholegrain cereals and breads and wholemeal pastas.

Here's where simple vs. complex carbs make the difference in weight loss. Carbohydrates of both types can be stored in limited quantities in the body. If they're not quickly used for energy via exercise or other physical activity, they're broken down and converted into fat. Simple carbs break quickly, speeding up weight gain. Complex carbs, on the other hand, provide a slower and more sustained release of sugars, giving you more time to burn use them as energy before they become fat. Plus, research by the University of Floridashowed that high fructose corn syrup, a simple sugar, can disrupt communication between the digestive tract and the brain's fullness center, boosting the chances you'll overeat.

For more guidance on making healthy, weight loss-friendly nutritional choices, call 800-51-8090 and schedule a consultation with a weight loss counselor at your nearest Metabolic Research Center location.

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