Anything that you can ingest, digest, has nutritional value and is NOT toxic to the human body is
nutritionally beneficial. There are, however, better nutritional choices for accomplishing your desired
goals. Linda Steele
Every nutritional component has a value and a limit for your desired goal. Carbohydrates are no
I am going to simplify this because it is a very complex topic. It is important that you understand when I
am talking about carbohydrates, there are different types.
There are simple carbohydrates = Raw sugar
- Table sugar
- Brown sugar
- Corn syrup
- Maple syrup
- Jams, jellies
- Fruit drinks
- Soft drinks
There are complex carbohydrates = Grains or fruits/vegetables
- Green vegetables
- Whole grains and foods made from them, such as oatmeal, pasta, and whole-grain breads
- Starchy vegetables such as potatoes, sweet potatoes, corn, and pumpkin
- Beans, lentils, and peas
There are experts everywhere who push carbohydrates, but are very vague when discussing who needs
which kind, and how much.
Simple carbohydrates are the quickest source of energy, as they are very rapidly digested, absorbed in
your bloodstream and then transported to your cells. I am not going to go into too much detail on the
simple carbohydrates except to say anyone other than a professional athlete or a marathon runner
should avoid simple sugars on a regular basis. When simple carbohydrates or sugar is not burned off by
exercise it will convert into fat.
Complex carbohydrates are often rich in fiber, vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants. There are different
types of complex carbohydrates. This is where it gets tricky, and controversial.
When given the option, you should choose complex carbohydrates, such as those found in fruits,
vegetables and grains. Not only will complex carbohydrates provide a more steady supply of energy and
cause a less dramatic increase in your blood glucose levels, the foods in which complex carbohydrates are
found also provide a plethora of beneficial nutrients.
IF YOU ARE TRYING TO LOSE WEIGHT, I strongly recommend you lean more toward getting your
supply of complex carbohydrates through a source that is more nutritionally dense. Hands down, that
means fruits and vegetables over grains. I would also take into consideration the glycemic index of the
fruits and vegetables as they are not all created equal. Some fruits and vegetables are much higher in
sugar than others, and burn much slower. Some are less nutritionally dense than others, but either way,
you will be getting all the dietary fiber you need, even without the grains.
If you are not on a weight loss program, I still recommend going heavier on the fruits and vegetables over
the grains as they are more nutritionally dense. Compare for yourself, the number of vitamins you get
from an apple, and a piece of bread. They have about the same number of calories, carbohydrates, fat,
and protein, but an apple has many more vitamins than a piece of bread.
This information has been simplified to make it easier to understand.