There are two types of carbohydrate.
Sugars – also known as simple carbohydrates.
Starches – also known as complex carbohydrates.
These two types of carbohydrate have different effects on our body.
Sugars (simple) – these raise the body's blood sugar level very quickly, as they enter the blood stream rapidly after they are eaten.
Starches (complex) – these keep blood sugar levels constant, because they enter the blood stream very slowly.
The body needs carbohydrate for a number of reasons:
We can get complex carbohydrates from foods that are rich sources of starch:
We can get simple carbohydrates from the following foods: