Posted by: Joe English | September 2, 2009

Nutrition — All carbohydrates are not created equally

running-advice-bugAs people manage their diets, one of the first things they often do is visit a calorie calculator that will spit out a set of values such as the number of calories they should eat and the number of calories coming from carbohydrates, protein and fat. The problem that this can create is that not all carbohydrates, proteins and fats are created equally.

Just last night someone was looking at the output of one such calculator and said to me, “that seems like a lot of carbohydrate, is that correct?” The answer is: “it depends on what type of carbohydrates you’re eating.”

Carbohydrates are found in many types of foods and the way that the body deals with them depends on what type of carbohydrate you’re eating. Most people are familiar with the terms “simple carbohydrates” and “complex carbohydrates”, but there is also another category called “fiber” as well. What often trips people up is that the impact on the body between a spoon of granulated sugar is not the same as the coming from a cup of broccoli, yet both would count as carbohydrate.

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