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Complex Carbohydrates


Our brains use glucose, a simple sugar that is an energy source, as fuel. The brain uses more glucose than any other organ in the body! Complex Carbohydrates are a great source of sustainable glucose.

Complex Carbohydrates vs. Simple Carbohydrates:

Complex Carbohydrates:

  • Complex Carbs are found in foods that take longer to digest and to convert into glucose.

  • Complex Carbs take longer to digest so they release glucose slowly.

  • A slower release of glucose means that the brain receives a consistent and stable flow of energy.

Simple Carbohydrates:

  • Carbohydrates are found in foods that have been processed such as white bread and cereal.

  • Carbs found in processed foods are digested quickly so glucose is released more rapidly.

  • A quicker release of glucose is a less stable source of energy.

Where to find Complex Carbohydrates:

  • Green Vegetables

  • Beans, Lentils, Peas

  • Whole Grains

  • Starchy vegetables like sweet potatoes and corn

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