It's true, a carbohydrate-rich diet can inflate appetite and girth. Low carb diets do promote short-term weight loss, but also some severe dangers, especially during pregnancy. So what to do? The truth is, you can have your carbs and eat them too. You just have to know how to choose them.
All carbohydrates are not created equal. There are basically three types of carbohydrates: Simple, Complex, and Indigestible.
- Simple Carbohydrates are composed of 1 or 2 sugar units.
- Complex carbohydrates are made up of many sugar units. They are structurally more complex?hence the name.
- Indigestible carbohydrate is also called fiber. The body is unable to breakdown fiber into units small enough for absorption. It is therefore not an energy source for the body but does promote health in many other ways.
During digestion, carbohydrates are broken down into glucose before they can enter the blood stream and into the body's cells with the help of insulin. Recent research has shown that certain carb-rich foods can cause extreme surges in blood sugar level and insulin release. This can increase one's appetite and the risk of excess fat storage. Other carbohydrate foods have been shown to enter the blood stream gradually and trigger only a moderate rise in insulin levels.