- 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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Examples from the Web for carbohydrates
Unlike sports beverages, coconut water is low in carbohydrates, while still rich in potassium.10 Ways to Stay Hydrated (That Aren’t Water)
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The bottom line: Carbohydrates are neither good nor bad just by themselves.Carbs 101: The Truth About Carbohydrates
January 17, 2014
Choosing the right kind of carbohydrates allows me to get the most out of my day.How to Be Cameron Diaz
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The above-mentioned deluxe sandwich clocks in at 570 calories, 27 grams of fat, and 50 grams of carbohydrates.Why Mike Huckabee Says He Relishes Dispute Over Chick-Fil-A
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The final ranking was based on calories, saturated fat, sodium, and carbohydrates for each dish.30 Pastas That Kill
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March 3, 2011
However, it is like other carbohydrates in that in solution it ferments.Woman's Institute Library of Cookery, Vol. 2
Woman's Institute of Domestic Arts and Sciences
But it did not ignore the lesser potentials of metal and clumps of carbohydrates.The Leech
These points have to be considered in judging the digestibility of these carbohydrates.Researches on Cellulose
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On this account, they are often spoken of as carbohydrates, or "carbon-water stuffs."A Handbook of Health
The acid is produced from the carbohydrates by ferment action.Human Foods and Their Nutritive Value
- 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
Word Origin and History for carbohydrates
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]
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
- 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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