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WHAT ARE CARBOHYDRATES?

Saturday, January 15th, 2011
To the chemist, carbohydrates are chemical compounds consisting of the elements carbon, oxygen, and hydrogen. The categories of carbohydrates include the sugars and starches.
To the nutritionist, carbohydrates arc the principal component of any diet. They may take the; form of either simple sugars or complex carbohydrates.
The term “simple sugars” refers to carbohydrates, such as cane or beet sugar, known technically as sucrose, and corn syrup, which contains the sugar known as fructose. Fruits and fruit juices, table sugars, and honey contain simple sugars. The principal sources of complex carbohydrates, or starches, are breads and cereals, vegetables, rice and pasta, and peas and beans.
Carbohydrates are a basic source of energy in the diet. The digestive process breaks down carbohydrates into glucose for absorption from the small intestine. The glucose then is distributed by the. bloodstream and to the muscle cells for fuel and to the liver and fat cells for storage.
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WHAT ARE CARBOHYDRATES?To the chemist, carbohydrates are chemical compounds consisting of the elements carbon, oxygen, and hydrogen. The categories of carbohydrates include the sugars and starches.To the nutritionist, carbohydrates arc the principal component of any diet. They may take the; form of either simple sugars or complex carbohydrates.The term “simple sugars” refers to carbohydrates, such as cane or beet sugar, known technically as sucrose, and corn syrup, which contains the sugar known as fructose. Fruits and fruit juices, table sugars, and honey contain simple sugars. The principal sources of complex carbohydrates, or starches, are breads and cereals, vegetables, rice and pasta, and peas and beans.Carbohydrates are a basic source of energy in the diet. The digestive process breaks down carbohydrates into glucose for absorption from the small intestine. The glucose then is distributed by the. bloodstream and to the muscle cells for fuel and to the liver and fat cells for storage.*6\236\2*

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