There are three types of carbohydrates.
As we’ll see, each affects the body (and the gut) in very different ways.
Now, carbohydrates are the subject of decades of research — and marketing. Telling people which carbs to eat, and avoid, is big, big business.
What will help you the most? Cut through the data and opinions, and understand these two concepts:
Small — only one or two sugar molecules.
Most sugar sources contain both glucose and fructose.
Small sugar molecules (mono- and di-saccharides).
Long chains of glucose.
Starch breaks down into sugar (glucose) — from long chains.
Long chains (polysaccharides).
Extremely long chains of glucose.
Fiber is mostly indigestible — it doesn’t break down into sugar. Instead, fiber slowly feeds gut flora.
Super long chains (polysaccharides).
Do you remember the two main types of sugar?
(Galactose, a third type, is only present in milk).
The 3 Types of Sugar
(Primary sugar in grains & starch)
(Sugar found in milk)
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