I found this picture several months ago, but couldn’t figure out the source. I really wanted to know who created this because I wanted to get a better image to post on my blog! This is a perfect example of how the terms “simple” and “complex” can easily be misinterpreted. Basically this photo is saying that Complex Carbohydrates and GOOD and Simple Carbohydrates are BAD. Here is a review;
Simple Carbohydrates: Made up of one (ex: fructose) or two sugars (ex: lactose), and are therefore absorbed much faster, and in theory they may raise your blood sugar faster (think about what a diabetic will do if he/she has low blood sugar, they will drink juice! Why? Because juice is made up of simple carbohydrates that will raise blood sugar fast)
Bottom Line: Simple carbohydrates are not all bad. Simple carbohydrates, by themselves (ie: a spoonful of sugar!) are obviously not good, but when you find these in foods that contain nutrients and/or fiber, they are much, much better! Complex carbohydrates are not all good. White bread isn’t a great choice, but it’s a better choice if you make it whole, which means it contains more fiber and nutrients.
And stop using the words “good” and “bad”. Got it?! If you want to find out how many servings of fruits, vegetables, dairy (or dairy alternatives), protein, grains you need, check out ChooseMyPlate.Gov. Now, what questions do you have for me???