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Carbohydrates have been given a bad name for good reason. Most of the carbohydrates in the standard American diet are simple carbohydrates. These include refined white flour, white rice and sugars. Think of all of the products made from these ingredients.
Simple carbohydrates are primarily empty calories that may taste good but leave you unsatisfied and wanting more because your body did not get the nutrients it needs in order to keep you functioning at optimal health. It really is like putting low-octane gasoline in a sports car that performs best on high-octane gasoline.
Read the ingredient list on all packaged products to see that in fact they are made from whole grains. Look for whole grain or whole wheat breads, cereals, and pasta. Other complex carbohydrates include brown rice, quinoa, barley, couscous, beans, lentils and peas.
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