The difference between a simple and complex carb is in how quickly it is digested and absorbed – as well as it’s chemical structures.
1. Simple Carbohydrates Simple carbohydrates are also called simple sugars and are broken down quickly by the body to be used as energy.
Simple sugars are made of just one or two sugar molecules.
Simple carbohydrates have been stripped of their fiber contents in most cases.
But that does not mean you don’t need them because they can be found in nutrient dense foods like fruits and vegetables and dairy products (the fibers in fruits and veggies makes it a bit like complex carbohydrates in the body).
But apart from veggies and fruits, the main simple carbs (cookies, cakes and juice) that people go for are higher in sugars and lower in fiber, therefore they have low nutritional value
2. Complex carbohydrates
Complex carbohydrates, also known as polysaccharides, are starches formed by longer saccharide chains, which means they take longer to break down.
Chemically, they usually comprise of three or more linked sugars.
And because they contain longer chains of sugar molecules; it takes more time for the body to break down and use. This, in turn, provides you with a more even amount of energy.
Because complex carbs have a lower glycemic load, the sugars are released in lower doses in stretched out periods rather than in erratic spikes.
You need more complex carbohydrates and if you must consume simple carbs it should be in the form of fruits and vegetables.
Now, a lot of these Nigerian food and weight loss experts without consideration to the types of carbs and the fact that the body needs it. Employ Nigerians to skip it totally.
Which is impossible.
Because our body’s need fuel for energy, carbs must always be on our menu lists.
What we need is a little change and it comes with the type of carbs we consume and how much.
Eat more whole foods, whole grains and stuffs like that.