What are carbohydrates?

Carbohydrates are sugar, starch, and fiber found in food. When digested, it becomes glucose. Glucose is the main source of energy for the body.

Types of Carbohydrates
  • Simple carbohydrates
  • Complex carbohydrates

Simple Carbohydrates

What are simple carbohydrates?

Simple carbohydrates are sugars. The body turns the simple carbohydrates into glucose quickly. Too much simple carbohydrates can increase unused energy stored as fat.

What are simple carbohydrate foods?
  • Ice cream
  • Cupcakes
  • Donuts
  • Candy
  • Soda

Complex Carbohydrates

What are complex carbohydrates?

Complex carbohydrates are starch and fiber. The body turns complex carbohydrates into glucose slowly.

What are complex carbohydrate foods?
  • Brown rice
  • Vegetables
  • Fruit
  • Beans
  • Corn
Effects on Blood Sugars
  1. Carbohydrates - Good or Bad for You? Harvard Health Publishing. Published July 2015. Accessed December 4, 2020.