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 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.
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:
Beans, Lentils, Peas
Starchy vegetables like sweet potatoes and corn