How exciting!! My first ever guest blogger:) His name is Chuck Bluestein and he, like me, is passionate about and does extensive research on the topics of Health and Nutrition. Below he gives his opinion on complex carbs based on his research…
It is a myth that people eat complex carbs. Once I saw a video of a Buddhist monk in Japan eating complex carbs. My rule is that all rules have exceptions, except this one. Or all rules have exceptions including this one. But society was built on myths. It used to be a fact that the earth was flat until people learned that that was a myth. Then there was the fact that the sun orbited around the earth. When Copernicus first said that this was false, the Church killed him. The myth that the white Christian was better than everyone else has made history what it is. This is why native Americans were put on reservataions and blacks were made slaves.
There was some facts that all physicists knew until Albert Einstein came along and proved that they were myths. Note his theory of relativity was tested a little later when there was an eclipse and it proved his theory to be a fact or law of nature. He became a celebrity over night when his theory was proved with very precise mathematics.
Before that a newspaper reporter told him that 100 top physicists said that his theory of relativity was nonsense. He showed that the idea that time always moved at the same rate and lengths or distances are always the same were myths. Time slows down and distances shorten or contract as you move faster. Things also get heavier as they move faster. This amount is negligible unless you move at speeds near 180,000 miles per second (the speed of light).
So foods that have mostly simple carbs are called simple carbs or sugars. Foods that are mostly complex carbs are called complex carbs or starches. Actually when someone even mentions that a carb (carbohydrate) is simple or complex when talking about a healthy diet shows that they are confused. So here is how simple it is to know what is healthy. Dr Oz says to eat foods that do not have an ingredient list. Others says to eat foods created or grown by nature and not foods made by man. Some say to eat foods that have a high water content. They are also called back to nature foods.
When it comes to foods that are called simple carbs like apples and oranges, because they have a lot of simple carbs in them, people take them out of the package or wash them and then eat them. But when it comes to complex carbs or starches that are foods that are high in complex carbs, people do not wash them and eat them. Complex carbs are foods like potatoes, yucca roots, rice and other grains. You can sprout a grain but then it is no longer a grain or complex carb since you changed it.
The unripe banana is a complex carb and that is why you do not eat it. Complex carbs are harder and do not taste good. They are even harder to digest. Then the banana ripens and becomes a simple carb. That is why it gets sweeter the more it ripens. My grandfaher owned a wholesale fruit and produce business. He would say that when a banana was brown, it was as sweet as sugar and a baby can eat it. Now if you do not want to wait for the banana to ripen, you can change it into a simple carb by cooking it and then eating it.
So how long do you cook a complex carb like rice or potatoes? For as long as it takes for most of the complex carbs to change into simple carbs. Then not only is it softer, but it is better and sweeter tasting after you cooked it. It is also easier to digest. The raw (uncooked) yucca root is so hard that you can beat a guy to death with it. It would probably break your teeth if you tried to eat it raw. So that Buddhist monk in Japan on that video that I saw, was eating raw, uncooked hard rice that no one eats. So he was eating complex carbs. Vegetables are a mix of simple and complex carbs and it is more optional if they are cooked or not.
Then some people get really confused by mixing up simple and complex carbs, whole and refined grains and single and double sugars (mono and disaccharides). Then they say simple sugar instead of single sugar Just do an internet search for “simple sugar.” They talk about simple grains, whole carbohydrates and other things that do not exist. If someone says that eating complex carbs is healthier than eating simple carbs then they are saying that it is healthier to eat a raw unripe banana than a ripe banana.
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P.S. I would love to hear your thoughts and feedback below. What is your experience/take on complex carbs and carbs in general?