October Kitchen - March 2022

Carbohydrates, or carbs, are an essential part of a healthy diet — it’s your body’s primary source of energy, too. You can obtain carbohydrates from sugars, starches and fibers. But there is a difference between good carbs and bad carbs. What is a ‘bad’ carb? A bad carb is usually described as a simple carb. These are easy-to-digest sugars such as candy, baked goods, soda, white bread, white rice and refined pasta. Because these carbs can be digested quickly, they can spike your blood sugar and make you feel hungry sooner. But not all simple carbs are bad. For example, fruits and dairy products contain simple carbs and are very different from those in cookies and cakes. What is a ‘good’ carb? Complex carbs are known as a good type because they are filled with nutrition. These carbs take longer to digest, making you feel fuller longer. Whole grain food provides you with the best complex carbs over processed food. Some examples of whole- grain foods are whole wheat flour, brown rice and oatmeal. They are rich in fiber and nutrients that your body will love. Fibers, Starches and Sugars — Oh My! Whether carbohydrates are simple or complex, they are broken down into three categories: fibers, starches and sugars. • Fiber is a complex carb that isn’t fully broken down when digested. It passes through your intestines, helps digest other nutrients and makes you feel full longer. Good sources of fiber can come from beans, fruits, vegetables, nuts, whole grains and brown rice. • Starches are complex carbs that are digested slowly and provide you with vitamins and minerals. Starches can be found in fruits, corn, potatoes and whole grains. • Sugars are simple carbs. This means that they are digested quickly. Foods like candy bars don’t provide your body with nutrients. Likewise, some fruits have sugar but give your body essential fibers and starches. A healthy diet begins with a variety of meals and eating in moderation. It’s okay to eat some bad carbs as long as you’re also giving your body good carbs, too. Here at October Kitchen, we create healthy meals for you to enjoy that contain all the good carbs and nutrients your body needs. We make eating good fun and enjoyable with dishes filled with flavor. WHAT’S THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN SIMPLE AND COMPLEX CARBS?

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