List of Carbohydrates
Before we provide you a list of carbohydrates let’s first briefly go over why carbohydrates are important to your health.
Why Carbohydrates are Important to your Health
- Carbohydrates help to provide energy and fuel to your body in the form of glucose and/or sugar
- Excellent for cardiovascular health
- Carbohydrates that include whole-grains are high in dietary fiber which will keep your cholesterol levels under control
- Good for weight management and control
- Will aid in promoting a healthy digestive system
- Carbohydrates absorb slowly into our systems thus preventing spikes in blood sugar levels
And many, many more important health benefits of adding carbohydrates into your daily diet.
Next in order to give you a list of carbohydrates we need to describe the different types of carbohydrates.
What are the Types of Carbohydrates
There are basically two types of carbohydrates; complex and simple. Let’s go ahead and break it down and give examples of the two types.
- Fruits and Vegetables
- Whole Grains
- Nuts, Seeds, and Legumes
- Baked Goods
- Table Sugar
- And Refined Grains such as White Bread, Pizza Crust and Pretzels
Next let’s discuss the problems with most people diets and provide a solution on how you can achieve optimal health and total wellness (hint: more complex and less simple).
The Problems with Most People Diets and what is the Solution
The problem with most people diets and the reason why we have an epidemic on our hands with obesity is that too many people eat unhealthy carbohydrates. Unhealthy carbohydrates are simple carbohydrates as described above which are mainly foods with sugar in it like candy, baked goods, desserts, and soda. Other simple carbohydrate foods include refined grains such as white bread, pizza crust and pretzels, which most people like to eat, and the reason why so many people (two-thirds of Americans) are overweight.
It really comes down to making sure that you eat everything in moderation. If the majority of your diet consists of large quantities of bad (simple) carbohydrates like refined grains, desserts, candy, cookies, doughnuts, and soda, then you will suffer adverse health consequences of such a diet – obesity, diabetes and many other chronic medical conditions and diseases.
Recommendation: Healthy (Complex) Carbohydrates
Really the only carbohydrates that we recommend are complex carbohydrates which include the following: unprocessed vegetables, fresh fruits, nuts, seeds, legumes, whole grains and yams. You can also say that these are foods high in carbohydrates.
A list of healthy vegetables that you can eat include broccoli, spinach, carrots, celery, onions, bell peppers (red or green), garlic, asparagus, kale and many others.
A list of healthy fruits that is recommended includes berries, grapefruit, apples, oranges, bananas, mango, pineapple, plums, peaches, kiwi, pears and nectarines and many more to choose from.
A list of healthy whole grains may include whole oats/oatmeal, brown rice, buckwheat, quinoa, and bulgur.
Just remember, if at all possible, try to purchase organic. I know that organic food is a little more expensive, but in the long-run the investment will pay for itself in the form of a longer and healthier life.
In stark contrast you want to stay away from and avoid bad (simple) carbohydrates like the bubonic plague. This includes (as previously indicated): cookies, cake, white bread, pasta, sugary cereals, french fries, chips, pretzels, waffles, pancakes, baked goods, candy, desserts, sodas (regular and diet), doughnuts, white rice, crackers, or anything with high-fructose corn syrup in it. I highly recommend that you go to your favorite search engine and type “list of simple carbs”, or “list of simple carbohydrates” in the search box for a complete list.
The other major problem with eating simple carbohydrates like some of the ones listed above is that while they may give you a quick and temporary spike in energy, they will ultimately leave you tired and hungry for more food. So if you’re trying to lose weight, then you must dramatically reduce simple carbohydrates from your diet, especially sedentary individuals. On the other hand if you are very active (on an exercise regimen), then you can cheat a little bit and eat some of these bad (simple) carbohydrates in very small amounts (moderation).
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