The difference between good and bad carbs in a low carb diet

since then Atkins The low-carb, high-fat diet has spread on the American scene, and carbohydrates have been classified as harmful. Unfortunately, this is only half true and it has led to a lot of confusion among the public.

In fact, while some carbohydrates are harmful, others are good and should be the basis of a healthy diet. But how do you distinguish between good and bad carbohydrates?

Before making this distinction, it’s important to understand that all carbohydrates, good and bad, are made up of different types of sugar, and that can be confusing. The key is how the sugar is packaged and delivered to the body.

What is the difference between good and bad carbohydrates?

The first difference is that good carbohydrates contain natural sugars like those found in fruits, vegetables, and whole grains. On the other hand, bad carbs are sugars that are “added” to processed foods and soft drinks, which are tossed into coffee or tea.

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The second distinction is that good carbohydrates are “complex,” meaning that the sugars are part of a more complex composition that includes fiber that cannot be broken down in the human digestive system. This slows down the process and that’s a good thing because the sugars in the good carbohydrates enter the bloodstream slowly, in a “time-release” fashion. This is important because the slow release of sugar suppresses the insulin response. (When blood sugar gets into cells and levels in the bloodstream drop, insulin goes down, too.)