Carbohydrates are a primary source of energy, found in most foods, especially in the form of sugar in today's junk food carbohydrate diet.
Carbohydrates are broken down into two main carbohydrate groups, complex carbohydrates and simple sugars, aiming for a carbohydrate deficiency diet will be hard to achieve.
Natural, raw, unrefined, or unprocessed carbohydrates are surrounded by other factors such as proteins, fats, vitamins, and minerals.
Carbohydrates in the natural form should be the only ones we consume in any quantity. All of these carbohydrates contain some fiber (cellulose) which is impossible to digest, thereby giving bulk to the foods we eat.
Good examples of these carbohydrates are:
Potatoes, Whole grain bread, Brown rice and whole meal pasta.
In the U.S. diabetes is fast becoming one of the countries biggest killers, due to the fast amounts of sugar laced in refined products.
Sugar is an anti nutrient containing no vitamins and minerals, yet in order for the body to make use of sugar it needs B complex vitamins.
Sugar is an irritant to the stomach and creates gastric acid contributing to heartburn and ulcers.
Sugars can cause enlargement of the liver, kidney and adrenal glands as well as an increase in the production of insulin, estrogen and adrenal hormones.
Food Examples Containing Sugars: -
Cakes and biscuits: Fruit cake, Iced cakes, Jam Sponge, digestive
Drinks: Cola, Ribena, Orange juice, Drinking chocolate, Beer
Puddings: Fruit Yogurt, Crumbles, Fruit in syrup, Pastries, Ice Cream
Spreads: Jams, Honey, Lemon curd
Breakfast cereals: Sugar coated cereals, Muesli
Soup: Tomato soup
Sweets: All sweets including chocolate and wine gums
Sauces: Sweet pickle, Tomato ketchup, Chutney
- Fruits and Vegetables: Bananas, Peas, Baked beans, Apples, Sweetcorn