Complex Carbohydrates

Carbohydrates (also called saccharides) are divided into these four chemical groups:

Monosaccharides
Disaccharides
Oligosaccharides
Polysaccharides

In general, oligosaccharides and polysaccharides, which are larger (a higher molecular weight), are commonly referred to as “complex” carbohydrates. Because of their large size, they break down slowly in the body and do not raise blood sugar levels as rapidly as simple carbohydrates.

Examples of complex carbohydrates

Vegetables
Legumes
Properly prepared whole grains
Nuts and seeds

These foods have many healthful qualities. Enjoy them regularly for heart health, digestive health, mineral balance, and more!

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