Fast Carbs and Slow Carbs

Carbohydrate is the name of a macronutrient, which is considered as one of the major sources to obtain energy. Chemically it is a combination of three atoms. These are likely Carbon, hydrogen and oxygen. Describing and learning about the complex chemical bonding of carbohydrate is not our obejective. Rather we need to understand and figure out the suitable type of carbohydrates, which are required for a fit body and sound health.

Carbohydrates perform various roles on living organism. It is considered as a major source of energy in living organism. Hence, it is not an essential source of energy in human body as we can gather a good amount of energy from proteins and fats too. But the potential amount of energy is being produced from carbohydrates.

Our body tends to transform the consumed carbohydrate into glucose. This glucose is a source of energy for our tissues, cells and organs.

Most of the food like bread, rice, fruits, vegetables, milk etc contains carbohydrate as a major nutrient element. Carbohydrates are basically classified in two categories. These are -

  1. Simple carbohydrate
  2. Complex carbohydrate

This classification is done mainly based on the chemical bonding. Simple carbohydrate refers to those which contain normally short chain of glucose. Fructose and galactose belongs to the simple category.

On the other hand complex carbohydrate refers to those which are spiraled and more branched in chemical bonding. Many kind of glucose belongs to the complex category.

However, depending on the digestion time of numerous carbohydrates it is normally classified in two categories. These are –

  1. Slow carbohydrate or slow carb
  2. Fast carbohydrate or fast carb

Here I have written briefly about the above mentioned category in below.

Slow carbohydrate

Slow carbohydrates are usually belonging to the unprocessed and complex type of carbohydrate. Slow carb takes longer period of time to break into energies, because of their chemical structure. Therefore, they are also known as slow digesting carbohydrate as well. This carbohydrate breaks slowly and creates energy for the cells at a regular speed.

Slow carbs also play a vital role in keeping the blood sugar steady and stable. If you ought to stay in the fat burning zone while you are trying to flatten belly, then stable blood sugar is necessarily required to maintain throughout the day.

Most of the plant foods fall into the slow carb category. The slow carbs are full with nutrients and fiber. Most o the people become afraid of increasing blood sugar eating slow carbs. You can be assured that slow carbs will not increase your blood sugar. One of the positive sides of slow carbs food is, you don’t need to skip any meal. As a result, you can easily stick to the belly flattening process.

Besides flattening belly, slow carbs helps for mental well being, increased energy etc.

There are some misconception regarding slow carb. Many people consider slow carb food as risky diet. But scientifically it is proved that slow carb food reduces heart diseases. You may ask, what is the long-term effect of slow carb? Of course, it has short-term effect for reducing belly fat but in the long, you will not face any negative side effect.

However, the slow carb diet is not artificial diet. It is the basic diet of human being. As the time evolved this diet has been replaced with fat enriched food. So slow carb diet should be always in your meal to keep you in shape.

Here is a list of slow carbs. You may find your favorite one from the list.

A List of Slow Carbs




Spinach, Asparagus, Lettuce, Okra, Radishes, Celery,  Broccoli, Cabbage, Brussels Sprouts, Onions, Eggplant, Cucumbers, Water Cress, Turnip Greens, Artichokes, Cauliflower, Potatoes, Beans and Lentils (Soybeans, Kidney Beans, Split Peas, Pinto Beans, Garbanzo Beans) Cucumber, Yams, Radish, Carrots


Strawberries, Apples, Peaches,  Grapefruit, Oranges, Prunes, Pear, Dried Apricots, Plums, Pears


Barley, Wild Rice, Whole Grains and their bran (Barley, Buckwheat, Oatmeal, Oat Bran), Muesli, Brown Rice, Wheat Germ, Millet, Cornmeal etc.

Nuts and seeds

Sunflower Seeds, Almonds, Walnuts, Peanuts, Cashews, Sesame Seeds, Flaxseed


Skim Milk ,Low Fat Yogurt

Fast Carbohydrate

Fast carbohydrate refers to those which are faster in energy producing. Basically these carbohydrates belong to the processed simple carbohydrate. As a result of their simple chemical structure, they tend to break into glucose or blood sugar after few minutes of absorption.

So, for digesting the excessive glucose it paves the way to trigger the insulin erection. Though the major role of insulin is digesting the glucose and then transforming the energy to the cells. But as a result of excessive absorption of fast carbohydrates insulin tends to store the extra calories as fat. Therefore, fast carbohydrates are extremely dangerous for the person having type-2 diabetics. In addition it is considered as obstacles on the way to flatten your stomach.

Here is a list of fast carbs given below. You may learn about these and decide what to skip from tomorrow.

A List of Fast Carbs




Potatoes, Sweet Potatoes, Green Peas and Carrots


Blackberries, Banana,  Blackcurrants, Blueberries, Cranberries, Cherry, Grapefruit, Kiwi, Lemon, Lychee, Pineapple, Plums, Melon, Watermelon  Raspberries


White Boiled Rice, Breakfast cereals, Instant rice, Millet



 Jelly Beans, Soda crackers, Chocolate, , Corn chips, Cakes, White bread, White Pasta,  Candy Bars, Cookies, Honey, Jam


Ice Cream, Rice Milk, Yogurt with Fruit


Mixing fast and slow carb to burn fat

Fast carbohydrates are those, which are absorbed very quickly. It raises the blood sugar level that leads to hungry. On the other side, slow carbohydrate helps more increased blood sugar, which balance the level of meal.

Mixing slow carbohydrate with high carbohydrate foods reduces the tendency of raising blood sugar. It is beneficial for reducing weight.

Fast carbohydrate includes dairy beans, whole grain, vegetables, whole grain are potentially healthy as it offers more nutrition. Including the healthy fast carbohydrate to your meal allows eating protein that ultimately helps to balance or sometimes reduce the weight.

Some of you may be concern that mixing the slow and high carbohydrate with protein can possibly trigger unhealthy meal plan but don’t worry it will balance the calorie you need to consume everyday.

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