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Simple Carbohydrates


BodybuildingPro.com Nutrition Database Nutrition Dictionary: A Comprehensive Source of Nutritional Terms Carbohydrates Database Simple Carbohydrates

Simple carbohydrates are also known as simple sugars. Simple carbohydrates add a sweet taste in foods. Foods containing simple carbohydrates include fruit, sugar and candy. Due to the form of simple carbohydrates, they enter the bloodstream very quickly.

More examples of simple carbs

Examples of simple carbohydrates are glucose, sucrose, fructose, and lactose. Foods which contain these forms of simple carbohydrate are simple carbs. Such items are white sugar, brown sugar, confectioner's sugar, corn syrup, honey, maple syrup, fruit juice, milk, yogurt, candy, cookies and pastries.

Which is better: complex or simple?

Neither simple carbohydrates are complex carbohydrates are bad, but generally speaking, we need more complex carbohydrates than simple. The reason for this is because complex carbs have more fiber, vitamins and minerals necessary for bodily function. Simple carbohydrates are found in many items and is also necessary. Milk contains simple carbs, and the vitamins and minerals found in milk are necessary. The simple carbs in milk is a good thing, where a simple carb like sucrose (table sugar) in cookies and cakes isn't as necessary or healthy.


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