Good Carbs vs. Bad Carbs

by Robert Tillung - November 29, 2012


Understanding the difference between good and bad carbohydrates could mean the difference between losing or gaining inches around your waist. Many people feel the need to cut out carbs entirely, and that actually the wrong thing to do because they’re an essential macronutrient that should never be removed from a healthy diet. Carbohydrates are the bodies main source for energy because it is the easiest and quickest nutrient to break down.

The inforgraphic from does a nice job breaking down complex carbs (the “good carbs”) vs. simple carbs (the “bad carbs”), their impact on weight loss and a few examples of both. It also introduces one important concept — The Glycemic Index (GI) — which measures how quickly food raises blood sugar, impact on insulin, and their impact on body fat storage. Healthy, complex carbs have a LOW GI score while unhealthy, fattening simple carbs have a HIGH GI score, usually 70+.

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