High quality carbohydrates are carbs that have three very important features. First feature: They should provide good amounts of antioxidants. Second feature: They should not cause spikes in blood sugar levels. Third feature: High quality carbohydrates should contain high levels of nutrients and fiber.
Antioxidants are essential for your health because they stabilize free radicals which are unstable molecules. These unstable molecules are necessary for the release of energy, but too much of them can harm your cell’s DNA, leading to chronic diseases, such as cancer and premature aging. Nutrients are also essential for your health due to the fact that your body needs them to function properly.
Carbohydrates that cause spikes in blood sugar levels is not good for you because your pancreas has to work harder by releasing more insulin into your bloodstream. Insulin is a hormone that controls your metabolism and aids your body to store glucose as fat. Having too much insulin may lead to heart disease and weight gain, because it prevents your body from using fat as energy. The carbohydrate that causes spikes in blood sugar levels is simple carbohydrate. The one that does not cause spikes in blood sugar is complex carbohydrates.
High quality carbs (complex carbs)
- Whole Grain Cereal
- Whole Wheat Bread
- Brown Rice
Low quality carbs (simple carbs)
- Fried Food
- Table Sugar
- White Bread
- Soda (pop)
- Fast Food
- Junk Food
For best results, choose only organic foods that have high quality carbohydrates.
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