Smart Carbs vs. Dumb Carbs

Which Carbohydrates are Winning in Your Life?

Finally! It seems like the low-carb wave is declining as people are starting to realize that it’s about “smart carbs,” not “no carbs”!

Smart Carbs are:

Smart carbs are complex carbohydrates. You can have carbs, as long as you choose them carefully–that is why they are called smart! It’s all about balance. The body’s muscles need smart carbs as fuel and so does the brain.

Carbs that are NOT SMART:

  1. Food that is full of refined carbohydrates like sugary (even those made with honey, maple syrup, etc.) cakes & cookies.
  2. White bread & pasta.
  3. White rice.
  4. Bottled and canned fruits and juices.
  5. Pops/sodas and other sugar products.

They are simply empty calories with very little to no nutrition in them. IF IT’S WHITE, IT’S NOT RIGHT!

The Best Smart Carbs are:

  • Fruits and vegetables, especially the green ones that grow above the ground like kale or dark, leafy lettuce.
  • Beans such as kidney beans and garbanzo beans.
  • Seeds including as sunflower and pumpkin seeds.
  • Nuts such as almonds.
  • Whole grains such as brown rice, millet, quinoa, buckwheat, whole wheat bread & pasta, multigrain cereal/bread, oatmeal and oat bran.

Next: Why you need carbs

Why You Need Carbs:

Real Food for life.comThe body requires about 60-65 percent carbohydrates to feed the brain, nervous system and muscles.

The predominant carbohydrate used in the body is glucose. Glucose in the blood is called blood sugar and is a major fuel source for most cells of the body. The muscles store glucose in the form of glycogen for endurance.

The brain relies on glucose to meet its energy needs. Unless the diet supplies adequate carbohydrates, the body’s metabolism switches to a starvation mode, in which body fat is burned to meet most energy needs. To fuel the brain during starvation, glucose is synthesized from amino acids obtained by the breakdown of muscles.

You can see why the right kind of carbohydrates are essential for a balanced body.

The problem with understanding carbohydrates is classification.

For simple distinction, there are three categories of carbohydrates:

  • Complex – Cereal grains such as wheat, rice, rye, millet, sorghum and corn. Beans and seeds of legumes contain 40 percent of their weight as starch. Complex carbohydrates occur in plants as starch and fiber.
  • Simple - Sucrose, dextrose, fructose and corn syrup or anything on a label ending in -”ose.” Simple carbohydrates are referred to as sugars.
  • Refined or Processed – Sugar and white flour are highly purified materials, containing little, if any, of the nutrients found in the whole food from which the carbohydrate was prepared; therefore, they supply mainly calories.

Why We Don’t Eat Smart?

There has been lot of confusion about carbs which has scared some, but another reason is that we don’t know how to COOK complex carbohydrates properly.


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Beverly Marshall
Beverly Marshall2 years ago

While grocery shopping, I was reading labels on whole grain pasta. 42g of carbs per serving! How do I read labels to know which are good carbs?

Melania Padilla
Melania Padilla2 years ago


Mitchell D.
Mitchell D.2 years ago

@Valentina and Annmarie: The only really useful, healthful, common;y used white food is cauliflower, the rest are starchy, and begin to turn into sugar as soon as they are hit by saliva.

Mitchell D.
Mitchell D.2 years ago

Valuable information, thanks.

Wilfred F.
Wilfred F.2 years ago

thanks for that bit of information

Ana Passos
Ana Passos2 years ago

garbanzo beans? news

Perla Serrano Matesanz
Laszlo Kovacs2 years ago

I am slim and I cannot live without carbs, I love eating whole gain bread and brown rice, oatmeal... the best things in life. :) Thank you for this article.

rene davis
rene davis2 years ago

thank you good to fine this out.

Victoria B.
Jen B.3 years ago


Valentina R.
Valentina R.3 years ago

Thanks for sharing this info.

Annemarie: "I love white stuff :("

Yeah, me too, sigh.