There are two types of carbohydrates.
Complex carbohydrates are more commonly known as ‘carbs.’ They differ from simple carbohydrates because they take a lot longer to break down before entering the bloodstream.
This type of carb also has higher fiber. Because it stays longer in the body, it gives out energy that can be used over long periods of time. These complex carbohydrates are stored in the muscles and liver and are called glycogen. You can get complex carbohydrates from foods like oatmeal, cornmeal, barley, maize and buckwheat.
The second of the two types of carbohydrates, Simple carbohydrates, on the other hand, bring instant energy to the body. Because they have a simpler molecular structure, they only give out immediate energy that does not last very long. Simple carbohydrates are found in refined sugars, processed foods and fruits. Simple carbohydrates are the reason for our extreme “sugar highs” but then the inevitable crash that comes after ward.
Carbohydrates in our diet are very important, but should be monitored to insure that carbohydrate overload does not occur. Because although each of the two types of carbohydrates do have their benefits, too much of anything is not good for the body.