Processed Carbohydrates List

Over consumption of refined processed carbohydrates is a major cause of overweight and obesity, insulin resistance, type 2 diabetes, heart disease, high blood pressure, irritable bowel syndrome, cancer, ulcerative colitis, stroke, systemic lupus, acne, asthma, arthritis, joint pains, binge eating, food addictions, mood disorders, and other food-related diseases. This is critical information for health or weight loss.

When digested, all carbohydrates become sugar. If you consume a lot of carbohydrates as well as fats and proteins, your body will burn the carbs and store the fat.

So, to reduce your percentage of body fat, we recommend, on most days, keeping your total daily carbohydrate intake to 25 grams or fewer. By doing this, you need to switch from a sugar-burning to a fat-burning metabolism for optimum health and weight loss.

So, let's learn more!


You can have one weekly cheat day of one or two meals in which you get plenty of calories as well as carbs and fats.

(However, since this is counter-productive for some people such as diabetics, skip the cheat day unless your physician gives permission in advance.)

This stops your body from going into starvation mode and decreasing your metabolic rate.

Processed or refined carbohydrates are such things as you can see in our graphic at the top of this page.

List of processed carbohydrates

Refined processed carbohydrates to avoid:

  • tacos
  • corn chips
  • wraps
  • pizza
  • croissants
  • pasta (of all kinds, brown or white)
  • rolls
  • muffins
  • flour (of all kinds, brown or white)
  • crumpets
  • pastries
  • bagels
  • bread (of all kinds, brown or white)
  • buns
  • pretzels
  • doughnuts
  • cookies
  • biscuits
  • cakes
  • polished rice
  • wheat
  • all products containing wheat
  • corn
  • cornflour starch
  • all products containing corn
  • candy
  • toffee
  • sweets
  • potato chips
  • crisps
  • fries/chips
  • batter
  • breadcrumbs
  • pastry
  • pastries
  • desserts
  • jams
  • jelly
  • jello
  • dumplings
  • pasty/pastie
  • waffles
  • pancakes>
  • pies
  • batter
  • all sugars
  • all products containing sugar
  • granola bars
  • breakfast bars
  • cereals
  • soft drinks
  • sodas
  • foods containing corn syrup
  • sugary drinks
  • cordials
  • store bought cooked meats/cold cuts if they have added sugars and additives)
  • sausages/hot dog frankfurters if they contain carbohydrate fillers, additives, or sugar.

Maintain balance for good health or weight loss

You need to maintain balance in order to lose weight, and specifically resist certain foods that are desirable and addictive to most of us!

For either health or weight loss, strictly limit all processed refined carbohydrates (apart from a rare treat). Bear in mind that processed, refined carbohydrates are addictive!

As stated earlier, over consumption of these foods is a major cause of overweight and obesity, insulin resistance, type 2 diabetes, heart disease, high blood pressure, irritable bowel syndrome, cancer, ulcerative colitis, stroke, systemic lupus, acne, asthma, arthritis, joint pains, binge eating, food addictions, mood disorders, and other food related diseases.

If you are insulin resistant (and many overweight people are insulin resistant without knowing it), it will seriously affect your ability to lose weight if you include foods high in carbohydrates (like the ones listed above) in your weight loss diet

In other words, you will be attempting to lose weight but there will be little to see for your efforts. If this seems to be your situation, you should be counting carbs. You need a low carbohydrate diet and you need to eliminate, or strictly limit, your intake of processed (refined) carbohydrates.

Here is an excellent weight loss tip.

If you use pre-prepared or ready-made foods, start reading food labels.

You may be surprised at how difficult it is to eliminate sugar; it is added to many processed or pre-prepared foods.

The nutritional void that is sugar has many names such as: brown sugar, beet sugar, cane sugar, granulated sugar, icing sugar, confectioner's sugar, corn sugar, invert sugar, corn sweetener, isomalt, malto dextrins, maple sugar, molasses, raw sugar, sorghum, turbinado sugar, and well as maltose, corn syrup, high-fructose corn syrup, galactose, lactose, levulose, sucrose, dextrose, maltodextrin, malt syrup, mannitol, sorbitol, xylitol, and fructose.

Related web pages to help you further

Now that you have the information about processed carbohydrates, for information about how to use good low carbohydrate foods see the page links listed below:

Low Carb Foods

Alternatively, use the link below to learn more about the Paleolithic, wholly natural, low carbohydrate weight loss diet.

Paleo Diet

Highly recommended books for this page

The books are available at some good bookstores, especially and, usually in Kindle and paperback form, sometimes as hardbacks. If you found the processed carbohydrates informative, these books are excellent further reading suggestions.


  • D. Bradford, HOW TO EAT LESS -- EASILY!

  • Bennett & Sinatra's SUGAR SHOCK!
  • L. Cordain, THE PALEO DIET

  • Braly & Hoggan, DANGEROUS GRAINS

On most pages of our website, we aim to recommend the very best books available according to the topic of each page. We endeavor to make the best suggestions based on experience and our many years of work and research in the fields of health and fitness. We suggest only books that we have read and can wholly commend.

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