Blog By: Lakshay Batra.
Carbohydrates or ‘carbs’ are the energy source in food that comes from starch, sugar and cellulose. Carbohydrates provide vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and fiber in the diet.
Carbohydrates can be classified as simple or complex, so what is the difference and which are better?
Simple carbohydrates consist of only one or two sugars and include foods such as white flour and fructose.
Complex carbohydrates consist of three or more sugars and they are fiber-rich.
Reaching for simple carbohydrates may be a quick way to fill your stomach or to fulfill a craving, but the simple sugars are quick to digest, allowing hunger to quickly return.
Complex carbohydrates take a longer time to digest and therefore are useful to fulfill hunger as well as providing a long lasting source of energy.
Eating complex carbs helps you to feel full faster and for a longer period of time. As a result, cravings are lessened and the need to reach for unhealthy snacks between planned meals is diminished. Instead of reaching for a simple carbohydrate, snacking on complex carbohydrates or building them into your meals is an easy way to stay on track with your weight loss or maintenance goals.