Carbohydrates and Blood Sugar Levels

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When we eat food containing carbohydrates, the digestive system breaks down the digestible ones into sugar, which enters the blood. In this article, I would like to explain what happens to our blood sugar levels when we eat different types of carbohydrates.  Take a look at the following video.



Here are some examples of food containing complex (good) carbohydrates:

Complex Carbohydrate Foods

  • Oatmeal (old fashioned or Steel Cut – not processed)
  • Yams (almost same as sweet potatoes)
  • Brown rice
  • Sweet potatoes
  • Multi grain hot cereal (barley, oats, rye and a few others)
  • White potatoes with skin
  • 100% whole wheat bread
  • 100% whole wheat pasta
  • Beans and lentils
  • Quinoa
  • Couscous
  • Pumpkin
  • Butternut squash
  • Fresh beets


Carbohydrate Rich Fruits

  • Grapefruit
  • Apples
  • Blueberries
  • Cantaloupe
  • Oranges
  • Bananas
  • Peaches
  • Grapes
  • Strawberries
  • Pineapple
  • Black berries
  • Plums
  • Pears
  • Acai berries
  • Mango


Vegetables Lower in Carbohydrates but high in Nutrients

  • Broccoli
  • Kale
  • Asparagus
  • Spinach
  • Salad greens
  • Tomatoes
  • Peppers (green and red)
  • Onions
  • Mushrooms
  • Cucumbers
  • Zucchini
  • Carrots
  • Green beans
  • Peas
  • Cauliflower

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