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What Are Carbs?

Carbohydrates consist of starches, called complex carbohydrates, and sugars, called simple carbohydrates. All carbohydrates turn to glucose through the process of digestion. Starches are found in all grains (wheat, rice, corn, rye, oats, barley, spelt), all hot and cold cereals, pasta, white and sweet potatoes, breads, crackers, bagels, etc. Sugar is found in many beverages including tea, sodas, alcoholic drinks, and sports drinks; plus, desserts, fruit juices, fruit, cakes, cookies, muffins, candy, ice cream, and many processed foods.

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