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Health Effects of Simple, Refined & Complex Sugar / Carbs

Medical problems developing as a result of consuming refined or complex carbohydrates are generally of a digestive nature, such as longer transit time (refined carbs), or abdominal bloating (complex carbs), or they adversely affect mineral uptake and balance (iron, calcium, zinc...).  With the exception of dental caries that can be linked to the consumption of various types of carbs, medical problems resulting from ingesting simple carbs (sugar, honey, molasses, syrup, candy, pop, cakes, any sweet / overripe fruit...)are much more significant:

 In contrast to complex carbs, simple carbs require more resources of specific nutrients such as biotin, Vitamin C, manganese and chromium.

 Manganese is unaffected by complex carb intake, but simple carbs lower manganese levels in those with hypoglycemic (low blood sugar) tendencies, and they raise manganese levels in individuals with an inclination for hyperglycemia (high blood sugar).

  Simple carbs (including fructose from fruit) promote the formation of VLDL triglycerides, while refined  or complex carbs don't, so in contrast to complex carbs, simple carbs raise the risk for cardiovascular disease.

  Simple carbs decrease omega 3 Essential Fatty Acids (EFAs) and germanium levels (which have blood thinning properties), and complex carbs support or enhance both. 

 Unlike simple carbs, complex carbs are fiber-rich, which:
;- improves digestive health and transit time,
- may result in lower absorption / bioavailability of specific minerals,  particularly calcium, iron, zinc...
- slows glycogen conversion, which better stabilizes blood sugar.

 Unlike complex carbs, simple carbs (sweets) can cause pain when in contact with exposed dental roots.

 Simple carbs can promote osteoporosis in trabecular bone through the chromium / parathyroid mechanism, while complex carbs can promote osteoporosis in cortical bone through a calcium- lowering effect, which they have in common with high protein / phosphate sources.

 Simple carbs - unlike complex carbs - trigger more medical symptoms such as headaches, fatigue,  depression, drowsiness, skin eruptions, mucus / throat discomfort, or sugar withdrawal symptoms.

  Simple carbs - unlike complex carbs - can be a causative, or contributing factor with mood disorders, and - particularly with children - behavioral problems.  

 According to some research, simple carbs - unlike complex carbs - promote free radicals.

 Simple carbs - unlike complex carbs - effect an opposing change in hyper / hypoglycemics, resulting in a higher sodium / potassium ratio with hyperglycemics, and a higher potassium / sodium ratio with hypoglycemics, which can subsequently lead to an increase in blood pressure with the former, and a decrease in blood pressure with the latter.

 In contrast to complex carbs, ingesting simple carbs reduces the WBC's ability to destroy bacteria (phagocytosis). In sugar-intolerant types, this can lead to increased pus formation, and in patients with leukemia to an increased WBC count. There is also an inhibiting effect on the immune system by the formation of AGE's (advanced glycosylation end product). In a study a few years ago done by Ronald Roth where he compared patients who had actual episodes of ischemic heart disease or strokes, the incidence of elevated VLDL triglycerides versus elevated LDL cholesterol was 2.2:1. Some reports has come across by other researchers ranged from 2:1 to as high as 4:1 according to their statistics or observations, so simple sugar can be considered to be a much bigger culprit with cardiovascular disease or ischemic stroke than fats.

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