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Complex Carbs vs. Simple Carbs

A complex carbohydrate has a low glycemic index (GI) ranking which means that these types of foods are slowly digested, absorbed and metabolised. The affect it has on our blood sugar levels is low and slow. So our blood sugar levels stay consistent (woo!) Complex carbohydrates are foods such as brown rice, oats and kumara.

A simple carbohydrate is the opposite. It has a high GI ranking so it is digested, absorbed and metabolised fairly quickly. This causes a spike in our blood sugar levels and is followed by a drop in energy. Simple carbohydrates are foods such as white bread, potatoes, many breakfast cereals and sugar.

Try swapping simple carbohydrates with complex carbohydrates and you’re good to go!

Love the journey, J.

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