Carbs at a Glance
We've all heard the buzz about low carb diets lately, and everyone is now paying more attention to the carbohydrates they take in. Most of us, however, really don't know what carbohydrates are, and how they work in the body.
Carbohydrates work to increase our energy levels. Carbs come in the form of either sugars, starches, or fiber. Sugars are simple carbohydrates, while starches and fiber are complex carbohydrates.
Complex carbs are actually made from three or more sugars, and all carbohydrates except fiber are eventually broken down into sugars in the body, and burned for energy or stored as fat. Fiber is not broken down into sugar, but instead moves through the intestines without being fully digested. Fiber is beneficial since it binds to fats and helps remove them from the body before they are absorbed.
All carbohydrates are not created equal. Those carbs that cause a sharp spike in blood sugar are referred to as "bad" carbs, while those that don't are called "good" carbs. Good carbs are found in whole grains, like whole wheat, brown rice and flax. Beans are also in this group. Here is a high carbohydrate food list that not only will help you identify which foods are high carb, but which are high in bad, as well as good carbs.