Bad Carbs in the Diet
The Simple Carbohydrates

Written by Sky Taylor, Diet Bites

 


The Unhealthier Carbohydrates, Simple Carbs

Bad carbs, specifically Simple Carbohydrates, tend to be heavily refined and are not likely to hold significant nutritional value for the body - however, this is not always the case, just less likely.

Which Foods are Simple Carbs?

Examples of bad carbs or simple carbohydrates include:

cookies
cakes
syrup
pies
hard candy
sugar sweetened cereal
doughnuts, Cheese Danish and other pastries
white bread

Simple Carbs Doesn't Always Equal Zero Nutritional Values OR Empty Calories

Remember our comments above relating to the nutritional values for the body in relation to simple carbs?

Example of Empty Calorie Food

While jellybeans are virtually void of nutritional values for the body and high in sugar gram content, white bread offers some fine health notes.

White Bread, Full of Nutritional Values

White wheat bread offers a dose of protein at 2.98 grams. While one slice of white bread contains about 67 calories while 10 small jellybeans contain 41 calories and offer zero protein benefits.

In addition, white wheat bread in low in total fat grams at 0.60 per slice. Total carbohydrate grams for bread equal 12.29 while jellybean carb grams equal 26.19 - more than double of the bread. Let's take a closer look...

Nutrition Facts, Calories in White Bread vs Jellybeans

White Bread vs Jellybeans Comparison

White Bread

Jellybeans

Nutritional Elements

Units

1 Slice

10 Large
Energy, Calories

kcals

67

105

Protein

g

2.98

0

Total Fat

g

0.60

0.01

Carbohydrates

g

12.29

26.19

Fiber, Dietary

g

2.6

0.1

Sugars

g

1.40

19.60

Saturated Fat

g

0.176

0.000

Monounsaturated Fat

g

0.110

0.000

Polyunsaturated Fat

g

0.272

0.000

Cholesterol

mg

0

0

If you enjoy pastries from the bakery or from those cute little cupcake and snack packages, odds are they-too are simple carbs. Of course, this doesn't mean that a dieter can't ever enjoy a simple carb as long as they allow for the caloric content in their Daily Calorie Needs Total.

 


Carbohydrates Hold Water Within the Body

Take note that carbohydrates tend to hold body fluids like a sponge and after enjoying a High Carb Party the scales may show significant weight gain.

Just as when dieters start a carb restricted diet plan, quick weight loss is often the case. However, that weight loss is chiefly in the form of water weight loss rather than fat weight loss.

Another element of restricted carb dieting plans is protein. Restricted carb diets tend to be packed with protein which also promotes the release of water from the body and impacts kidney function.

Therefore, individuals who have kidney disease or kidney-related issues should never go on a carb restricted doctor before discussing the risks involved with their doctor.

Weight loss plans and daily diets that are too restrictive in carbohydrates may pose great health risks, including death to some individuals.

Another reason to meet with your doctor who is professionally trained to treat the body and bring health into balance - rather than trusting an online source recommending a restricted carbohydrate diet who you don't know from Adam.

In summary, by making smarter choices in your daily diet where carbohydrates are concerned you can lose weight while adding health and potentially years to your life.

Always meet with your doctor before striking out on a carb restricted diet.  Good Carbs Are Complex

 

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