Comparing Simple & Complex Carbohydrates
Complex carbohydrates consist of chains of glucose (G) molecules (or other sugar) linked together in a chain. Simple carbohydrates are individual molecules of glucose. While these chemical differences are small, they greatly influence the way they are processed. Simple sugars cause large increases in blood sugar which causes the body to release insulin. Insulin causes the sugars to be taken up and tends to promote the deposition of fat. Because complex carbo’s have to be broken down one at a time, they do not cause a large increase in insulin. In addition to these differences, complex carbohydrates tend to contain other nutrients such as vitamins and minerals as well as dietary fiber while simple carbohydrates tend to have little nutritional value. Thus, while the two compounds look alike they have very different effects on the body.
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Carbohydrates are the bodies primary energy source but there are two different types that have very different tastes and effects on the body. This slide and the accompanying text page provides a clarification about how the types compare and differ.