Carb-Consciousness: Getting the Energy Boost You Want
All carbohydrates are not the same. Some provide a quick burst of energy (useful before a workout, for instance). The major downside: the energy surge tends to fade quickly, and you may feel you need to eat again soon for another “pick-me-up”.
Other carbs work more gradually. You won’t get the energy spike you do with quick-release carbs, but you’ll get a steady level of energy that’s sustained over several hours. These carbs are more likely to carry you from one meal to the next. Here are common food sources of each type of carbohydrate:
QUICK-RELEASE: Shredded wheat, corn flakes, white rice, white bread, corn chips, mashed potatoes, raisins, carrots, bananas, dates.