Healthy eating habits/The Low Carbohydrate Diet: Risks, Alternatives and Monitoring intake (Tiffany Zikou)

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Complex carbohydrates[edit]

Complex carbohydrates refer to unrefined/unprocessed wholemeal breads, cereals, as well as brown rice and quinoa that contain long chains of glucose molecules. They require more work by the body to digest. These are referred to as ‘Low GI foods’ because they provide a more sustained release of energy, keeping you fuller for longer as well as containing essential nutrients such as fibre, B group vitamins and folate [1].

For more information regarding healthy carbohydrate product choices as well as information about other food groups, please visit:


  1. Longe J. (2008). Carbohydrates. The Gale Encyclopedia of Diets: A Guide to Health and Nutrition. Cengage Learning Australia.