Complex Carbohydrates

By: Lauren and Esmeralda

What makes Complex Carbohydrates complex?

They contain long chains that include many glucose molecules.

What do they do?

Complex Carbohydrates are broken down by the body into simple sugars so they can be absorbed in your bloodstream and then transported to your cells and converted to energy.

Great sources of Complex Carbohydrates

  • Dry beans
  • Starchy vegetables, potatoes and corn
  • Rice
  • Pasta
  • Oatmeal
  • Breads and cereals

What happens if you don't get enough Carbohydrates?

Ketosis occurs when your body runs out of carbohydrates as fuel and breaks down stored body fat as energy. During this process, ketones build up in the body, which can cause headaches, nausea, difficulty focusing mentally and bad breath.

Fatigue, since carbs are such an important source of energy for your body, eating too few carbs can really drag you down.

Constipation, fiber is a type of carbohydrate that aids in gastrointestinal health and helps prevent constipation.

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Interesting Facts

  • Helps you feel full with fewer calories
  • Naturally stimulates metabolism
  • Most people should get 45-65% of their total daily calories from carbohydrates, preferably complex carbohydrates
  • Both carbohydrates and protein provide 4 calories per gram, and fat provides 9 calories per gram

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Often, Complex Carbohydrates make you feel fuller than Simple

Most calories should come from Complex Carbohydrates

Provides vitamins and minerals for the body

Long to digest

Energy source

eXamples would be legumes, grits, and cornmeal