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Types of Carbohydrates and Sources


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Types of Carbohydrates

There are many different types of carbohydrates found in a variety of sources. Since each type of carbohydrate serves a different purpose, it is best to know where to find each type in order to know how to include it in your diet.

  • Complex Carbohydrates


    • Breads
    • Cereals
    • Potatoes
    • Legumes


  • Simple Carbohydrates


    • Fruit
    • Milk
    • Juices
    • Cookies
    • Yogurt


  • Fibrous Carbohydrates


    • Asparagus
    • Bell Peppers
    • Broccoli
    • Brussel Sprouts
    • Cabbage
    • Cauliflower
    • Celery
    • Cucumber
    • Eggplant
    • Garlic
    • Green Beans
    • Green Peppers
    • Okra
    • Onion
    • Pumpkin
    • Red Peppers
    • Romain Lettuce (Green or Red Leaf)
    • Spinach
    • String Beans
    • Tomatoes
    • Zucchini


  • Starchy Carbohydrates


    • Barley
    • Red Beans
    • Corn
    • Lentils
    • Oatmeal
    • Popcorn
    • Tomatoes
    • Yams
    • Lima Beans
    • Black-Eyed Peas
    • Whole-Wheat Flour
    • Pasta
    • Peas
    • Rice
  • Shredded Wheat


  • High Glycemic Carbs


  • Potatoes
  • Corn
  • Carrots
  • Gatorade
  • Bagels
  • White bread
  • Corn flakes
  • Ice cream
  • Bananas
  • Raisins
  • Table sugar


  • Low Glycemic Carbs


  • skim milk
  • all bran cereal
  • apples
  • peaches
  • black beans
  • plums
  • fructose
  • broccoli
  • spinach
  • peas


  • Refined (Processed) Carbs


  • White Bread
  • Pasta
  • Fruit Juice
  • Crackers
  • Cookies


**NOTE**: On packaging, you can identify processed carbs through key words such as rolled, bleached, dehydrated, partially hydrogenated

  • Unrefined Carbs


  • Natural forms of items. Ie, oranges, but not canned orange juice (which would be refined carbs).



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