Simple vs Complex Carbs

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Carbohydrates are one of the three macronutrients (protein and fat being the other two). Macronutrients are what provide calories (or energy) in the diet. Unlike protein and fat, carbohydrates are the body’s main energy source. There are three types of carbohydrates: fiber, starch, and sugar. Each type of carbohydrate falls in one of the two carbohydrate classification: simple carbohydrates and complex carbohydrates.

Most processed foods fall into the category of simple carbohydrates. Simple carbohydrates are mainly composed of sugar and have low amounts of nutrients, while complex carbohydrates have high amounts of nutrients and are primarily composed of fiber and starch. Furthermore, complex carbohydrates take longer to digest and give a feeling of being full for a longer time than simple carbohydrates. Aim for more complex carbohydrates in your diet!