How do carbohydrates impact your health? – Richard J. Wood

Which of these has
the least carbohydrates? This roll of bread? This bowl of rice? Or this can of soda? It’s a trick question. Although they may differ in fats,
vitamins, and other nutritional content, when it comes to carbs,
they’re pretty much the same. So what exactly does that mean
for your diet? First of all, carbohydrate is
the nutritional category for sugars and molecules that your body breaks down
to make sugars. Carbohydrates can be simple or complex
depending on their structure. This is a simple sugar,
or monosaccharide. Glucose, fructose,
and galactose are all simple sugars. Link two of them together,
and you’ve got a disaccharide, lactose, maltose, or sucrose. Complex carbohydrates,
on the other hand, have three or more simple sugars
strung together. Complex carbohydrates with three
to ten linked sugars are oligosaccharides. Those with more than ten
are polysaccharides. During digestion, your body breaks down those
complex carbohydrates into their monosaccharide building blocks, which your cells can use for energy. So when you eat
any carbohydrate-rich food, the sugar level in your blood,
normally about a teaspoon, goes up. But your digestive tract doesn’t respond
to all carbohydrates the same. Consider starch and fiber, both polysaccharides, both derived from plants, both composed of hundreds to thousands
of monosaccharides joined together, but they’re joined together differently, and that changes the effect
they have on your body. In starches, which plants mostly store
for energy in roots and seeds, glucose molecules are joined together
by alpha linkages, most of which can be easily cleaved
by enzymes in your digestive tract. But in fiber, the bonds between
monosaccharide molecules are beta bonds, which your body can’t break down. Fiber can also trap some starches,
preventing them from being cleaved, resulting in something called
resistant starch. So foods high in starch,
like crackers and white bread, are digested easily, quickly releasing a whole bunch of glucose
into your blood, exactly what would happen if you drank
something high in glucose, like soda. These foods have a high glycemic index, the amount that a particular food
raises the sugar level in your blood. Soda and white bread have a similar
glycemic index because they have a similar effect
on your blood sugar. But when you eat foods high in fiber,
like vegetables, fruits, and whole grains, those indigestible beta bonds slow
the release of glucose into the blood. Those foods have a lower glycemic index, and foods like eggs, cheese, and meats
have the lowest glycemic index. When sugar moves from the digestive tract
to the blood stream, your body kicks into action to transfer it
into your tissues where it can be processed
and used for energy. Insulin, a hormone
synthesized in the pancreas, is one of the body’s main tools
for sugar management. When you eat and your blood sugar rises, insulin is secreted into the blood. It prompts your muscle and fat cells
to let glucose in and jump starts the conversion
of sugar to energy. The degree to which a unit
of insulin lowers the blood sugar helps us understand something called
insulin sensitivity. The more a given unit of insulin
lowers blood sugar, the more sensitive you are to insulin. If insulin sensitivity goes down,
that’s known as insulin resistance. The pancreas still sends out insulin, but cells, especially muscle cells,
are less and less responsive to it, so blood sugar fails to decrease, and blood insulin continues to rise. Chronically consuming
a lot of carbohydrates may lead to insulin resistance, and many scientists believe
that insulin resistance leads to a serious condition
called metabolic syndrome. That involves a constellation of symptoms, including high blood sugar, increased waist circumference, and high blood pressure. It increases the risk
of developing conditions, like cardiovascular disease and type II diabetes. And its prevalence is rapidly increasing
all over the world. As much as 32% of the population
in the U.S. has metabolic syndrome. So let’s get back to your diet. Whether your food tastes sweet or not,
sugar is sugar, and too many carbs can be a problem. So maybe you’ll want to take a pass on that pasta sushi roll pita burrito
donut burger sandwich.

100 comments on “How do carbohydrates impact your health? – Richard J. Wood”

  1. lαηιラニ says:

    This Helped A Lot More Than I Expected, Thanks For It! <3 <3

  2. Gabriel Cunningham says:


  3. Arthur O. says:

    I feel like the information is incomplete. What about insulin index?

  4. TAS 909 says:

    I love the voice and art style its so aesthetic

  5. kiddo wonders says:

    is white jasmine a complex carb

  6. Bubby Flippu says:


  7. Ieva Petkutė says:

    Lots of starch looks like snacc

  8. adrian apolo says:

    You may wanna pass that burrito sandwich or eat 5-6 times a day. Booth are terrible for your insulin sensibility

  9. Anson Hu says:

    I learn more from this channel then any science class in school

  10. Cipher Gamer says:


  11. Edward Day says:

    That last bit made me laugh

  12. Brain says:

    Watching this while having pizza 😂

  13. Cammy Hall says:

    This pasta, sushi roll, pita burito, doghnut, burger, sandwich needs to be created!!!

  14. Blame the Social Media says:

    You've got to be a true American to eat a burger like that.

  15. Vanessa Bulintao says:

    That's why i keep gaining weight.. I always eat bread and chocolate desserts, i dont eat vegetables or fruits..😭i love baking breads and that's what i hate about myself!how can i lose weight if i cant stop baking😭

  16. zebonaut smith says:

    Processed carbohydrate will merely putrefy in the gut and convert to sugar.

  17. Cord Cantrell says:

    Eat a good variety of healthy food, stay away from processed foods and sugar and exercise. It’s that simple. Everything else is really just something that self absorbed dildos enjoy because they apparently have nothing else to do.

  18. Bryce Andrew Music says:

    Yeah no a donut and vegan sushi are not the same. Did they also forget about whole grain bread. Don’t compare pasta to donuts. They’re not the same. You should be worrying about all that meat and cheese you’re eating.

  19. Bryce Andrew Music says:

    This is one of the most misleading “nutrition” videos I’ve ever seen. “Sugar is sugar” is grossly oversimplified. Eat fruit, as much as you want. The more fruit the better. It will not give you diabetes.

  20. Victa Nguyen says:

    go on keto ya cunts

  21. S Touch says:

    No wonder lots of Asian people have diabetes

  22. adam young X says:

    I learned more in this channel compared to school

  23. Ethan D. says:

    Eat healthy fats and carbs.

  24. Le Lam says:

    Excellent. Thank you for sharing.

  25. Azmin Izzuddin says:

    Easily understood than a month of study of this topic

  26. Yassin Amrullah says:

    We need tasty too make pasta burrito donut burger sandwiche happens

  27. Sieg Hiel says:

    Everything is bad for you I stop eating sugar and bread and I’m scared of eating fruits now and I think milk is bad too cause we don’t know what they give the cows all chemicals and anti Bactria make you body become resistance to antibiotics I think we all need to turn into robots 🤖 in this dangerous artificial food chain

  28. Antonio León Macíasv says:

    “Whatever I’m getting cheese fries” 🙂

  29. Kwinam Martinez says:

    ah yes. the pasta sushi roll pita burrito donut burger sandwich. My favorite food.

  30. t s ó l a r i a says:

    Suddenly the keto diet makes sense

  31. P says:

    I’m trying to do vegan keto

  32. Melody Yan says:

    Waitress: What would you like to order?
    Me: Pasta sushi roll pita burrito donut burger sandwich!

  33. Hans Johansson says:

    Fruits GI is not low. Its rather hi actually

  34. Sarkario says:

    Reducing Carbohydrates, increasing Exercise. Boom 50pounds gone just like that. Whoever says that this video is a lie, well my friend you need to pull your head out and educate yourself.

    Stay Healthy guys 👍🏻

  35. Bill Cosby says:

    The enemies of teenage girls!

  36. Say Solinka says:

    I'm watching this while eating white bread sandwich. I finished it before the video said "leads to a serious condition".
    Nahhh~ I'm healthy😂

  37. pauljohn0001 says:

    Philippines eat rice almost 3 times a day. Im Filipino and i eat rice once a day now and i have no heart or diiebites issue. Thank God

  38. Guilherme Sillero says:


  39. Ytopiaqi Zzz says:

    Great explanation….

  40. Aegon the Spartan says:

    This is meat propaganda! Meat causes diabetes not sugar!

  41. Sabah Amal says:

    Carbs are essential to fuel the brain, eat in moderation! 🤷‍♀️🇦🇺

  42. nathaly toledo says:

    Just because you didn't understand all they explain at once, doesn't mean they are wrong. We should be a little bit more humble and try to avoid criticism without a second thought. As unfortunate as it might seem, life is not what we want it to be, don't be resistant and stay open to new ideas (I am not saying you must believe whatever a scientist says just because he/she's a scientist, but PLEASE!)

  43. Jacob Tran says:

    why cant u just tell me what to do? wtf is this nonsense.

  44. Carol Tawil says:

    Imagine if that Pasta Sushi Roll Pita Burrito Donut Burger Sandwich was a real thing tho

  45. How to Hacks says:

    This has been the truth for me and everyone I know who has battled with weight gain. Limit carb intake and increase exercise makes excess weight melt away.

  46. Sophal27 says:

    Sugar and bread may kill more than cigarettes. linked to the metabolic syndrome are the 3 big killers : cardiovascular diseases, cancers, Neuro-degenerative diseases.

  47. ClassicExampleBand says:

    Fructose is the cause of metabolic syndrome, a quote by Dr Richard Johnson in his youtube video

    "The Origins of Obesity and the Fattening of Man."
    Dr Johnson, a renal specialist at the University of Colorado says that there are well controlled clinical studies of both animals and humans that prove it, and he actually goes over the findings of those studies. Dr Johnson also says that he looks forward to anybody who tries to disagree with him.
    However, you are never going to hear anything from the government, medical associations or mainstream media about it. They are not willing to change the current paradigm of appeasing the food manufacturers who purposely add fructose to foods to increase sales.
    Fructose causes metabolic syndrome, bottom line.
    It's true.
    It's been proven.

    Watch Dr Johnson's video and then tell me I'm wrong.

  48. amithacker02 says:

    Carbs are not required for human survival.. They just give us fuel for energy which can be also acquired from protien and fats, Although In todays age and lifestyle it is hard to maintain a "carbless diet", just eating the optimal amount of carbs(complex carbs) according to the daily energy expenditure is the key to safely consume them..

  49. PoSeiDoN VeNuH says:

    As an Asian Naga Tribal, I've been consuming two to three plates of rice everyday all my life. It is our daily meal. We just keep changing the curry to go with the rice. We eat lots of red meat, cereals, pulses, veggies and fermented delicacies like bambooshoot, fermented soyabeans, dried fish, smoked meat, shredded beef pickles and most households take fresh milk on a regular basis.

    According to this video, we are consuming a lot of the stuff that is sugar rich. So, Did we somehow evolve/adapt to such eating habits over the centuries? Or are we headed towards an outbreak of sugar related health issues?

    Somebody please suggest if I/we need to break away from this food habits and the alternative solution to this. Thank you.

  50. BongKoo봉쿠 says:

    Google Asian diabetes rates by year. Or heart disease.
    You can see how meat and dairy make people sick.
    Even teen and 20s 30s diabetes and gout rates are increasing.

  51. o5s7h2i says:


  52. Roland Jaudes says:

    is high fiber pasta unhealthy ?

  53. ऋषि पुरोहित says:

    how our body becomes insulin resistance??
    The main causes??

  54. glass of water says:

    Meanwhile Italy monches down on pasta like no other country and doesn't care in the slightest about all these technicalities lmfao

  55. Taj says:

    I mean I don’t agree to associate natural carbs with processed carbs. I believe if you’re not up and moving no you should not consume a lot of carbs however if you are active you should be able to use NATURAL carbs in your diet

  56. Dylan Davies says:

    Carbohydrates ARE NOT THE PROBLEM and will NOT cause type 2 diabetes! These videos are the reason why so many people are confused…

  57. Ravindra Banchhod says:

    is butter a carb?

  58. vamperkillzshy says:

    I just needed like 3 sentences

  59. Vincent Newson says:

    definitely going to watch 10 more times

  60. Chandramouli Srinivasan says:

    Fantastic….Simple but very Informative and 100% true…..

  61. Chandramouli Srinivasan says:

    Excess sugar is the Main reason for all health problems..If you Consume the things which are white e.g sugar, salt in minimal amount you will be Healthy..

  62. Anno Bonano says:

    There's no way I could ever believe that eating a moderate amount of non-refined carbs is bad. Why does our saliva contain amylase then? It clearly shows that consumption of carbs was crucial to our ancestors' survival, so much so that those who couldn't break them down in their saliva didn't survive to this day

  63. Henry Mcfine says:

    Rice is carbs and compose of sugar. Thank You for making this informative Videos on YouTube. You can learn more from visual Explanations rather than sitting in a lecture. YouTube is a Good Source of informations, A media platform which is accurate and Truthful. YouTube is a perfect place for Learning and Entertainment. Facebook is a Useful in Communication and Connecting to more People. Both are Useful in everyday Lives.

  64. Danny Araujo says:

    Keto Diet is superior fellas.

  65. wahab wahab says:

    so the whole carbohydrates are bad?

  66. nikki says:

    Great video!

  67. Ms Izzy says:

    that’s why keto is the best way of life !:)

  68. Jana Gate says:

    When you accidentally watch a video that the teacher showed at school

  69. Vianney Aguilar says:

    literally on the keto diet rn as we speak

  70. Prateek Saxena says:

    Voice quality is not good, Voice over sharpness is very high and no base in Voice…I m not able to listen and understand because this video is very important to me

  71. deepak gode says:

    Voice is very irritating

  72. were were says:

    no they are not the same. There is a big different between simple carbohydrates like sugars and complex carbohydrates like starch.

  73. Lyla Cin says:

    "pasta, sushi roll, pita, burrito, donut, burger, sandwich" haha, how come that actually sound so good? Darn it, I'm actually really trying to stay away from those!

  74. chocolate TR says:

    4:55 wow I cant even imagine something like that

  75. ISLAM is Satan's masterpiece - est satanique says:

    keto diet FTW

  76. Grizzly Bear says:

    Is butter a carb?

  77. rose ann callo says:

    They should show this in schools.

  78. Bara Shawakha says:

    I have type 1 diabetes and I'm only 9 and I got it when I was 8 monthes old ):

  79. Airidas B. Braiko says:

    Basically, eat your broccoli, kids.

  80. Lt Golden says:

    They cause you to die if you have Type 1 Diabetes and don’t know it.

  81. The Cynic says:

    If you do keto you'll be surprised how much better you feel. Of course you have to get over the "keto flu". Plus getting back down to a healthy weight. I've lost 62 lbs in a couple of months. It's not for everyone though. You gotta have some willpower as with any dietary change.

  82. Sofia Duran says:

    I am a carbaholic.

  83. Mahima Romanoffsallymw says:

    I'm eating white rice right now, is it good or bad?

  84. Jostan Vallis says:

    i ate a whole box of Annie’s Cheddar mac and cheese

  85. Abhishek Biswas says:

    So the problem is not sugar, if we can replace the alpha molecules with beta in between the monosaccharides I bet the struggle will not be as difficult…..

  86. Cauasia Rush says:

    1 second of Ted Ed > Four years of high school

  87. Mas 12 says:

    if you hard working labour, you need more carbohydrate.

  88. TheLastComment says:

    Ketosis activated!

  89. Johann Friedsam says:

    0:53 why are there no galactose and fructose or fructose-fructose disaccarides ?

  90. Samializa says:

    great video!
    does anyone know what software is used to animate this video? thanks.

  91. -77 淫夢でGO says:


  92. Lee Schloss says:

    @ 4:35. mmm. pie.

  93. Jack Thomas says:

    He didn’t talk about type 1 diabetes once

  94. Blah Blah Blah ! says:

    that downright explanation to sugar made easy than my nutrtition subject in a semester

  95. The 3 Bears says:

    Ted talk videos always makes me feel comforted

  96. Davide José says:

    The soda doesnt have any nutricional value

  97. legalise nature says:

    Sugar will never be healthy, high insulin levels will never be healthy… sorry high carb people you are unhealthy, go keto or paleo like normal people <3

  98. Mo Shirazi says:

    im on a HFLC diet. Its very hard to not eat bread and pasta and sugar. Love sugar in the morning

  99. Aj studios says:

  100. Isidora Vojinovic says:

    Wow. Bad video. Were you paid by the meat industry?

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