Simple vs Complex Carbohydrates

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What is the main difference between simple carbohydrates and complex carbohydrates?

Simple carbohydrates are absorbed quickly while complex carbohydrates take longer to digest.

Why can regular consumption of sugar-sweetened beverages and junk food lead to insulin resistance?

They make the body's cells less responsive to insulin.

What impact can fructose, a type of sugar found in fruits and sweeteners, have on health?

It can contribute to the development of atherosclerosis.

How can low-carb diets help mitigate the risks associated with consuming fructose?

By promoting weight loss and improving insulin sensitivity.

What is key to preventing the progression of high blood glucose to type 2 diabetes?

Maintaining optimal insulin levels and managing insulin resistance.

How can individuals achieve optimal insulin levels and manage insulin resistance according to the text?

Through a combination of a healthy diet, regular exercise, and in some cases, medication.

What is the primary organ responsible for metabolizing fructose?


Which of the following is a risk factor for atherosclerosis due to excessive fructose consumption?

Increased triglyceride synthesis

Why is it crucial to limit intake of added sugars, especially from sweetened beverages and junk food?

To mitigate the risks associated with fructose metabolism

How can incorporating fruits, vegetables, and whole grains help counteract the negative effects of excessive fructose consumption?

By maintaining hormonal balance and insulin sensitivity

What can help reduce the risk of atherosclerosis and related complications in individuals?

Managing insulin resistance through diet, exercise, and potentially medication

Why do some argue that fructose can be addictive?

Because of the taste and prevalence of sweetened products

Learn about the differences between simple and complex carbohydrates and how they affect blood sugar levels and energy levels in the body. Find out common sources of simple sugars in the Western diet and its impact on health.

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