Formerly referred to as “starchy” foods, complex carbohydrates are foods that provide vitamins, minerals, and fibre essential to health.
Here are some common myths about complex carbohydrates :
- Myth : White bread has no nutritional value
- Busted : New whole grain white breads are cereals are made from a special 100% whole wheat flour from a white coloured variety of wheat. This special grain has a mild taste, soft texture and all the nutrients of whole grain.
- Myth : Drinking juice is same as eating fruit
- Busted : Solid fruits (and vegetables) provide dietary fibre and some antioxidants that are not in juice. While 100% juices are healthful, they are not as nutritious or filling as eating whole fruits.
- Myth : You should avoid foods high on the glycemic index (starchy foods)
- Busted : The Glycemic Index (GI) measures how fast carbohydrates from a single food raises blood sugar levels. While it’s a good research tool, the GI doesn’t apply to real life since most people eat more than one food or food ingredient at one time.
- Myth : Eating carbs makes you fat
- Busted : Total carbohydrates should account for 55-60% of the calories you eat. Complex carbohydrates provide a steady, slow energy source and are less likely to be converted to fat.
Don’t judge grains boy their colour. Some dark brown bread and cereal products are just refined grains with added food colouring. Check the nutrition facts panel for fibre contenting choose products with or lease one gram of fibre per serving or look for the “whole grains” stamp on the package.