So, I got this email recently and thought I’d share it on the beginners’ Forum. It’s a start as one starts to learn about carb intake and timing…
Help! I’ve been reading in a diet book about good vs. bad carbs. How will I know? I’m eating complex carbs like wheat bread now.
General info. on carbohydrates: They are neither “good” nor “bad”. (Although the foods some come that in are less desirable as a staple of one’s intake.)
Fast acting carbs (“high glycemic index”) like white bread, some “wheat breads” or sugary drinks are generally not helpful to physique-conscious persons unless they are consumed during/ after exercise. The term “complex carbs” used to be used interchangeably with “low glycemic index carbs” by some professionals but now we know that “simple” vs. “complex” is not a very valuable distinction.
Search, read and learn as much as you can using a critical eye, okay?