Complex carbohydrates are rich in fiber, low in fat and more filling than simple sugars.
Fibers foods will help you control your weight and improve your gastro intestinal functioning.
Eat 100% whole wheat, whole grains, rolled oats, brown rice and whole wheat pasta. These will benefit your health. Many grains (rice, flour, bread, pasta) are bleached (hulled) in order to have a longer shelf life; however, the process completely destroys the nutrients.
Simple Carbohydrates (Sugar)
Easy to break down so the energy boost is immediate, but fuel does not last long
Includes fruit, veggies, honey, lactose (sugar in dairy), sugar cane, beets and maltose (manmade, found in cereal).
Fruit, veggies, honey and other natural sweeteners are the healthy simple sugars, and should be consumed regularly because they provide a wide variety of vitamins and minerals in addition to the initial burst of energy.
Man made foods are not part of a plant-based diet. Examples your may find on a food label include saccharin, aspartame, acesulfame k and sucralose.
Processed carbs provide empty calories: little-to-no fiber, vitamins or minerals. Your body stores man-made carbs as fat because they serve no purpose. This is why junk food makes you fat.
A can of soda, for example, contains 150 empty calories because it provides no fiber, vitamins or minerals. These calories are stored as fat once the initial sugar rush fades away.
Processed foods are linked to obesity, diabetes, mental disorders and cancer. Do your best to avoid them!
Oral Health Concerns
The bacteria living in your mouth loves carbohydrates, especially simple sugar, because they are the easy to breakdown.
The bacteria excretes acid, which eats away at your tooth enamel. This causes cavities and tooth decay.
Avoid caramel, licorice, crackers, sugary cereal, cookies, holding sugar drinks in your mouth before swallowing, even giving babies a bottle of milk before bed because sugar gets stuck in between your teeth.
Dental health and diet are absolutely related so don't forget to floss regularly!