All About Simple Carbohydrates

Carbohydrates or “carbs” are the sugars, starches, and fibers found in milk products and plant foods such as fruits, vegetables, nuts and grains. Like protein and fat, they provide energy for the body, but are digested and utilized a little differently. Depending on their structure and how they are broken down during digestion, carbs are considered either “simple” or “complex.” In this article, we will discuss the different types of simple carbohydrates and food sources of them.

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What About the “Starchy” Vegetables?

It’s true what they say! Vegetables are extremely important. They are absolutely packed with disease-fighting properties including fiber, vitamins, minerals, and thousands of powerful phytochemicals. In fact, the USDA states that the average adult needs between 3-5 cups of vegetables every day in order to prevent or manage chronic disease! This recommendation includes a variety and combination of both “starchy” and “non-starchy” vegetables in order to meet ALL of your nutrient needs.

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Building A Better Salad

I recently heard someone say that a salad is only as good as its ingredients. When a patient tells me that they have salad for lunch or dinner,  I usually ask them what’s in it, and I often suspect that they may get bored from just salads. Salads, when you keep them interesting, can be a quick, versatile and enjoyable solution to hunger.  They can be an appetizer,  a side, or the main meal, depending on what you add to it and the serving size.

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Build a Better Smoothie

We are often told that we need to plan and prep more meals that contain an abundant amount of vegetables and other foods that have a high nutritional value. But let’s face it, if you have had a long week and are always exhausted after work, it is hard to stay motivated to cook and eat healthy meals. If only there was something that is both quick and fun to make, but also very healthy… Oh but wait, yes there is!

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Carbohydrates, They’re Complex!

Carbohydrates (carbs) are the sugars, starches, and fibers found in fruits, grains, vegetables, and milk products. They are one of three types of nutrients that provide energy for your body. The other two energy-providing nutrients are protein and fat. There are two main classes of carbohydrates: “simple” and “complex” carbs. In this article, we will break down the different types of “complex carbs.” To learn more about simple carbs, see “All About Simple Carbohydrates”.

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