Simple carbohydrates are confusing..... however, lets try to group them into 3.
Group 1. Cakes, biscuits, soda, anything shop bought man made that includes refined sugar, pizza, pastry, most takeaways and most things beige and ready meals, these would be the most fattening and basically do not contain any nutritional properties whatsoever. There are also a whole host of other health related issues if your diet is made up of group 1.
Group 2. Fruit including dried, unsweetened fruit juice & milk. Are made up of simple and complex carbs.....confusing!!!! All contain various vitamins and minerals, antioxidants and fibre. Group 2 should all be eaten but in moderation if part of a calorie controlled diet.
Group 3. Starches, potatoes, corn, bread, pasta, couscous breakfast cereals, oats, and other grains. These do contain sugar but are naturally occurring so they can be eaten but in moderation. Group 3 also contain beneficial nutrients. But should be eaten in moderation if part of a calorie controlled diet.
Swap all white carbs like bread, pasta & rice to wholemeal varieties which changes their status to complex carbs and lessening the sugar content!
So, to check sugar content if you're not sure it might be a good idea to start checking the glycemic load.
The glycemic load is a really easy way to find out how these carbohydrates score on the 'sugar' scale. High 0-10, Medium 11-19, High 19-60. The more sugar the higher the glycemic load.
Obviously there is a ton of science behind all of this but I have just tried to simplify it as best I can as I do with my clients. If you'd like more help with any of this get in touch! www.jdpt-fitness.com 07915918551