Are fruits simple or complex carbs?
You can find abundant complex carbohydrates in whole grain breads and cereals, brown rice, whole wheat pasta, beans, and vegetables. Because the sugar in whole fruit is combined with fiber and the sugar in milk is combined with protein, these simple c a r b o h ydrates are also considere d m o re complex in nature.
While bulgur wheat is definitely a step up from refined carbohydrates or sugary foods, it's still best to have in moderation. And if you have a known allergy or gluten sensitivity, you should avoid bulgur wheat altogether and have gluten-free ancient whole grains like quinoa, amaranth, buckwheat or brown rice instead.
- Swapping refined grains for whole grains, such as quinoa and also brown rice, popcorn, bulgur wheat and barley, is not only more nutritious, it can help you lose belly fat. Whole grains contain fiber, which makes you feel fuller on less food.
- Per cup of cooked bulgur, you're looking at 151 calories, less than one gram of fat, 34 grams of carbohydrates (none of those from sugar), and 5.6 grams of protein, making it an extremely healthy addition to a muscle-building or fat-loss diet.
- However, a mere half cup of cooked steel-cut oats has 29 grams of carbs, including 5 grams of fiber (24). Bottom Line: Even healthy whole-grain cereals are high in carbs and should be avoided or minimized on a low-carb diet.
15 Starchy or Complex Carb Foods
- Oatmeal (old-fashioned or Steel Cut)
- Yams (almost same as sweet potatoes)
- Brown rice (love basmati, a long grain rice)
- Sweet potatoes.
- Multigrain hot cereal (mix or barley, oats, rye, triticale, and a few others)
- White potatoes with skin (glycemic index be damned!)
- 100% whole wheat bread.
- The rest of the carbohydrates in banana are complex carbohydrate molecules, which are made up of several smaller sugar molecules bonded together to form large chains. Your body breaks down complex carbohydrates into smaller sugars in your digestive tract, then uses that sugar as a source of energy.
- Starch. Starches are complex carbohydrates formed by combining three or more sugar molecules. They take longer to digest than simple sugars because the bonds between the sugar molecules need to be broken down by an enzyme during digestion. Each serving of broccoli contains 2 grams of starches.
- Sweet potatoes have more sugar -- 7 grams -- but about the same amount of starch. When they're digested, both carbohydrates are broken down into the simple sugar glucose. Starches usually take longer to digest, so in most complex carbohydrates they don't cause a boost in blood sugar.
Updated: 3rd October 2019