Do Carbohydrates Make you Tired?

Although all food items provide calories for energy, some foods do not seem to actually increase the level of energy you feel. The difference between energy your body is receiving and energy you feel lies in the role of your blood sugar levels and how your body processes different types of carbohydrates. By choosing the correct carbohydrates, you can maintain stable energy levels.


Simple Carbohydrates

Simple carbohydrates, which are often referred to as simple sugars, are absorbed rapidly by your body. Although this rapid absorption can be beneficial because it provides quick energy, it also results in dramatic increases in blood sugar levels. When your blood sugar level inevitably drops, you will feel fatigued and lethargic due to the rapid fluctuation.

Complex Carbohydrates

Not all carbohydrates make you feel tired, however. Complex carbohydrates are not rapidly absorbed by your body, and the energy breakdown process is more gradual. Because your body takes more time to process these carbohydrates, the energy they provide is more sustained. Starchy, fibrous foods such as vegetables, grains and seeds provide complex carbohydrates that offer energy, rather than feelings of tiredness.

Fatigue-Inducing Carbohydrates

If you wish to avoid feelings of fatigue, choosing the right carbohydrate sources is essential. Simple carbohydrates are found in many foods, such as high-sugar cereals, candy, soda, syrups, sugary baked goods and table sugar. Typically, refined or processed foods with high sugar content are high in simple carbohydrates and can make you tired.

Preventing Tiredness

If you wish to continue eating simple carbohydrates but would like to avoid feeling tired, you can take some nutritional steps. Consuming simple carbohydrates with protein can reduce the absorption rate of your meal and reduce the impact on blood sugar. In addition, consuming fat or fiber with your simple carbohydrates can also help delay the absorption of your meal and prevent you from feeling tired.


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