- any of a class of organic compounds that are polyhydroxy aldehydes or polyhydroxy ketones, or change to such substances on simple chemical transformations, as hydrolysis, oxidation, or reduction, and that form the supporting tissues of plants and are important food for animals and people.
Origin of carbohydrate
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In other words, “carbohydrate is driving insulin is driving fat,” says George Cahill, a professor at Harvard Medical School.New Evolution Diet: Eat Like a Caveman
January 4, 2011
The food value it does have is carbohydrate in the form of sugar.Woman's Institute Library of Cookery, Vol. 2
Woman's Institute of Domestic Arts and Sciences
The other great member of the starch, or carbohydrate, group of foods is sugar.A Handbook of Health
In this way their carbohydrate content is reduced, probably about one-half.The Starvation Treatment of Diabetes
Lewis Webb Hill
Bread and butter afford a good combination of fat and carbohydrate.Foods and Household Management
Any carbohydrate in the broth is destroyed by the Bacterium coli.The Fundamentals of Bacteriology
Charles Bradfield Morrey
- any of a large group of organic compounds, including sugars, such as sucrose, and polysaccharides, such as cellulose, glycogen, and starch, that contain carbon, hydrogen, and oxygen, with the general formula C m (H 2 O) n : an important source of food and energy for animalsInformal term: carb
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Word Origin and History for carbohydrate
The name carbohydrate was given to these compounds because, in composition, they are apparently hydrates of carbon. In structure, however, they are far more complex. [Flood]
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- Any of a group of organic compounds that includes sugars, starches, celluloses, and gums and serves as a major energy source in the diet of animals; they are produced by photosynthetic plants and contain only carbon, hydrogen, and oxygen, usually in the ratio 1:2:1.
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- Any of a large class of organic compounds consisting of carbon, hydrogen, and oxygen, usually with twice as many hydrogen atoms as carbon or oxygen atoms. Carbohydrates are produced in green plants by photosynthesis and serve as a major energy source in animal diets. Sugars, starches, and cellulose are all carbohydrates.
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