Good Carbs vs. Bad Carbs

My friends at Low Carb Foods.org built this infograph about the benefits of low carbohydrate foods and explains the difference between "good" carbs and "bad" carbs. 

Visit their site for more info on "good carbs bad carbs" at www.lowcarbfoods.org 

Bad Carbs vs. Good Carbs
Low Carb Infographic by http://www.lowcarbfoods.org/.

Good carbohydrates are an important source of energy and healthy fiber. They offer a number of health benefits such as improved digestive health and lower risk for diabetes and obesity. Carbohydrates can be divided into three types – sugar, starch, and fiber, with sugar being the simplest form. Bad carbohydrates are simple carbs that give a short burst of energy. Bad carbs lead to mood swings, frequent irritation, weight gain, and chronic conditions. Foods such as powdered sugar, bagels, French fries, and potato chips contain unwanted carbohydrates. There are many foods with good carbohydrates, including pineapples, pears, apricots, whole grains, and brown rice. Good or complex carbohydrates take longer to digest and help dieters to lose weight. 

The infographic offers information about the glycemic load and the glycemic index. Foods with low GI are beneficial because they cause a moderate and gradual rise in blood glucose levels. Low GI foods put less strain on the pancreas and facilitate weight loss. Foods with high GI are usually loaded with preservatives, flavorings, and other chemicals. Refined, prepackaged, and processed foods have a high glycemic index value. Most alcohols are low in carbohydrates but contain empty calories. Use in moderation and avoid foods such as cornflakes, dates, and instant mashed potatoes, which have high GI. 

Products such as navy beans, split peas, mango, and guava contain good carbohydrates. The list of foods that are high in bad carbs includes sugar-loaded beverages, candies, and white rice.


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