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Refined carbohydrates lack most essential vitamins, minerals, fiber and therefore they're empty calories. Without providing essential nutrients, dietary sources of refined carbohydrates can lead to unwanted weight gain. Due to its lower fiber content and therefore digested quickly, refined carbohydrates can lead to overeating.Refined carbohydrates are known to be high on the glycemic index. Foods high on the glycemic index promote short-term fullness due to a lack of nutrients and therefore feeling hungry after just an hour. Foods high on the glycemic index are also known to cause a rapid spike in blood glucose levels. Rapid absorption of glucose after meals leads to both hormonal and metabolic changes that promote excessive food intake

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