NUTRITION HOW’S #16: HOW MUCH COMPLEX CARBOHYDRATES ? These carbohydrates are simply strings of sugar molecules that break down in the intestine to form – you guessed it – SUGAR!!

NUTRITION HOW’S #16: HOW MUCH COMPLEX CARBOHYDRATES ? These carbohydrates are simply strings of sugar molecules that break down in the intestine to form – you guessed it – SUGAR!! That sugar is absorbed into the body and burned for energy or stored as fat depending on your level of activity. Examples of these Complex Carbs include: oligofructose found in bananas; inulin found in artichokes; pectin found in apples and other fruits; and starch found in potatoes. The name is also applied to foods calling them complex carbs. As you can see there is some overlap with Soluble Fibers which can break down in the gut under the action of gut bacteria acting as a “prebiotic” indicating their role in feeding healthy bacteria. While the scientists get their act together, just remember to have a Fiber Supplement with Soluble and Insoluble Fiber in your Protein-Rich Shake to control hunger, Eat 5 to 9 servings of Colorful fruits and vegetables every day where you will get your fiber, antioxidants, and these complex carbohydrates in a low calorie package. Now you may see these added to high fat/high sugar low protein whole grain snack bars that leave you hungry or in “sugar-free cereals in an attempt to make them look healthier. Avoid those foods and stick with protein bars and shakes for on-the-go eating between meals. On the other hand, new research on the Microbiome could show that the prebiotic action of selected complex carbs such as inulin may be useful in Fiber Supplements. #drdavidheber #carbs #complexcarbs #fiber to learn more go to www.drdavidheber.com and www.herbalifenutritioninstitute.com

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