2004-10-14 / Arts & Entertainment


Dear Betty,

What’s the difference between simple and complex carbohydrates?

Appleton, Wis.

With all of the talk about carbs, it’s good to get down to the basics of what’s what. Both simple and complex carbohydrates break down to glucose, your body’s main source of energy.

• Simple carbohydrates are the sugars including fructose and glucose from fruits and vegetables; sucrose from beet or cane sugar; and lactose from milk. Your body absorbs these sugars very quickly.

• Complex carbohydrates include starches and fiber usually found in whole grains and legumes such as dried beans and split peas. Complex carbohydrates take longer to digest and provide more nutrients than simple carbohydrates.

Betty Crocker

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