Simple Carbs vs. Complex Carbs: What’s the Difference?

Good evening everyone, how are you all today?  Today we will discuss a topic that many people have heard of but don’t really know what they are.  I’m talking about carbohydrates or carbs for short.  I know that all of you have heard of carbs before but some of you may not know that there are two different types of carbs.  There are simple carbs and complex carbs.  While both of them provide the same services to your body, they work in different way.  Would you all like to know how to tell the difference between them?  For those that answered yes, class is in session.  For all others, GET TO STEPPIN!!!!


     Some of you may know the answer to this question and some of you may not.  Simply put, carbohydrates are nothing but sugars.  These sugars are used by your body for energy.  Some of these sugars burn off pretty quickly while the others take a little longer to burn.  That is where simple and complex carbs come in to play.  Just about everything we eat has some type of carbohydrate but the problem comes in when we eat to much of them and at the wrong times.  A lot of times people go on diets and start cutting the fat that they eat and they don’t realize that it is actually the carbs that are making them fat.  It is true that fat does play a factor in weight gain but carbohydrates are your prime suspects.  Especially the simple carbs.


     Simple carbohydrates such as candy, anything containing high fructose corn syrup, cake, cookies, bread and pasta made with white flour, nearly all breakfast cereals, and a host of other items.  Simply put, simple carbs are the sugars.  Simple carbs are digested faster than complex carbs, therefore; they leave you feeling unsatisfied.  This unsatisfactory feeling leads you to eat more and more of them and you get fatter and fatter.  Refined sugars and processed foods are other examples of simple carbs.  You may not know this but over indulging in refined sugars and processed foods has been associated with instances of heart disease, diabetes, and even some cancers and they are the leading cause of obesity.  I guess the main objective here is to try and avoid these simple carbs.  Let me mention that all simple carbs are not as harmful.  Fruits and milk are also simple carbs.  We all know that fresh fruits and milk are good for you but when consuming them, stick to moderation.


These carbs are the ones that you would really like to have as a part of your diet.  Unlike simple carbs, complex carbs are slower digesting carbs that leave you feeling fuller and more satisfied.  By feeling satisfied, you don’t get that craving like you do after eating simple carbs.  Complex carbs are more nutrient dense than simple carbs making them alot healthier.  Some complex carbs are whole grains such as millet, oats, wheat germ, barley, wild rice, brown rice, buckwheat, oat bran, and cornmeal, and a host of others.  One of the great things about these carbs are that they are not any of the processed foods.   Complex carbs can also be broken down into two groups.  The first group are starches such as brown rice, potatoes, oatmeal, and whole grains.  The second group are fibers such as broccoli, spinach, asparagus, cauliflower, and many other vegetables.


Now that you all can tell the difference between simple carbs and complex carbs, I encourage you all to make better choices when choosing your food.  Simple carbs are not bad if you are only going to eat them every now and then but please remember that moderation is best.  Don’t over do it or you’ll find yourself with a little extra body fat to get rid of.  I hope that this post can help someone live a healthier lifestyle and once again I would like to thank everyone that reads this article.  Any questions or concerns please leave a comment or email me at:

Thank you and have a blessed day


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I am an ISSA Certified Fitness Trainer. My goals are to help my client reach their ultimate fitness goals and to one day open my own full scale fitness center.
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12 Responses to Simple Carbs vs. Complex Carbs: What’s the Difference?

  1. Nekisha Batiste says:

    That was very informative! Thanks big brother!

  2. Linda Draten says:

    Hi Devrin…The lesson was very helpful to me. I am dealing with type 1 diabetes n counting carbs is vital. I will be reading future posts. Thanks…Be blessed..

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