Why Should We Eat Complex Carbohydrates?

Sorry, I’m late but had a busy day. On day’s like today ‘flexibility’ seems to be our best feature to have … Did you ever wonder why our bodies prefer Complex Carbohydrates? Please keep reading and you may find out.

A fantastic weekend to everyone.


The processed carbohydrates we usually consume are mainly simple sugars. These days it is common to have a huge daily intake of simple sugars in our white breads, pasta or cakes. In addition, most of other foods we consume also have added sugar.

What does this mean? After consumption, simple sugars are easily and quickly broken down and transported into our bloodstream. As a result our body suddenly faces a huge sugar spike — much more energy than it needs at the time.Sugar Mountain by Sandy Bröcking Therefore after consuming large amounts of simple sugar meals, our poor body has to deal with an instant small army of free sugar molecules. What does our body do?

Our bodies are well equipped to deal with free sugar. Our organs can produce a transporting device that transports the sugar into our cells. This device is called Insulin.

Here we go. Our body is fighting an army of free sugars to transport them into our cells. Therefore, shortly after our simple sugar meal, our body produces a huge amount of Insulin to get rid of all the sugar in the bloodstream. And because our smart body always prepares itself for the worst, it produces even more Insulin than needed. (As it just received such a sugar shock — who can blame it?)

In the fastest possible way our body transports all the free sugar molecules into our cells where they are stored in the form of our best friend, the big, fat, round “fat molecule”.  Our body is working really hard to do its job as quickly as possible because high levels of free sugars in our blood harm the body. Therefore our body does whatever it needs to produce lots of Insulin and lower the blood sugar levels … but oops what happened? Suddenly all the free sugars are transported into the cells. The work is done. Unfortunately though, because the sugar spike was so high and our poor body was put into such a panic state to get rid of the free sugars there is an excess amount of Insulin left — unused and floating around in our blood.

Guess what our body does? It now needs sugars to keep the floating Insulin busy and it tells you: “I’m hungry — there is not enough sugar available for all the Insulin I’ve produced!!!

Give me more sugar!!!”

As a result, after only a few hours we need food again because all the energy produced by what we ate earlier is stored away in our fat cells.

How dumb does that sound?

Complex Carbohydrates on the other hand, are very difficult to break down. They make our body work hard and even use energy in the process. At the same time the process of breaking them down takes a long time. As a result free sugar molecules enter the bloodstream slowly.

Our body can prepare itself for the work. It adapts to the amount of Insulin needed and the slow release of sugar can get used as energy straight away without being stored as fat. The special bonus is: Because it takes so long to break them down it keeps our body busy and therefore stops it from thinking about food and feeling hungry.

Don’t you think this is a much smarter way of feeding our bodies?

By the way, according to research the instant blood sugar spikes after consumption of simple sugars are most likely to lead to Diabetes later on in life.

Great sources of Complex Carbohydrates are:

  • Wholemeal Breads, wholemeal Pasta
  • Wholegrain Cereals (Natural Muesli)
  • Brown rice, potatoes, root vegetables
  • Corn, oatmeal, porridge oats
  • Buckwheat, spelt, barley, peas, beans, lentils

About Sandy Bröcking

I’m a health professional, author and motivational speaker who is passionate to help people lose weight the healthy way. As I used to be heavily overweight myself a long time ago, I believe that successful weight loss comes from motivation and knowledge. My passion is to stop people being fooled by often expensive diet regimes. Believe me - losing weight for good is not as difficult as most people think.
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