7 Facts to Know about CarbohydratesThe Bottom Line
By Laura Dolson, About.com Guide
Updated October 08, 2007
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1) Carbs = Sugar
Except for the carbohydrates like fiber that aren't broken down into glucose before they get to the colon, all carbs end up as sugar. Starches, or complex carbohydrates, are just longer strings of sugar. The only question is how quickly the sugar makes it into our bodies. Does it cause a rapid, high rise in blood glucose, or does it break down over a longer period of time? Unfortunately, most of the carbohydrate we eat is in the first category.