carbohydrate

noun
car·​bo·​hy·​drate | \-ˌdrāt, -drət\

Definition of carbohydrate 

: any of various neutral compounds of carbon, hydrogen, and oxygen (such as sugars, starches, and celluloses) most of which are formed by green plants and which constitute a major class of animal foods

Examples of carbohydrate in a Sentence

a food that is low in protein but high in carbohydrate

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Nutrition | Per serving: 391 calories (19 percent from fat), 8.3 g fat (1.6 g saturated, 3 g monounsaturated), 127 mg cholesterol, 45.9 g protein, 39 g carbohydrates, 7.7 g fiber, 577 mg sodium. Linda Gassenheimer, sacbee, "Making a chicken mango salad? Soon you will get the tang of it," 10 July 2018 Nutrition | Per serving: 565 calories (25 percent from fat), 16 g fat (2.4 g saturated, 6.8 g monounsaturated), 20 mg cholesterol, 23.5 g protein, 77.3 g carbohydrates, 5.6 g fiber, 489 mg sodium. Linda Gassenheimer, charlotteobserver, "Clams and spaghettini make an easy dinner for 2," 6 July 2018 Nutrition information per serving: 557 calories; 337 calories from fat; 37 g fat (9 g saturated; 0 g trans fats); 116 mg cholesterol; 231 mg sodium; 8 g carbohydrate; 2 g fiber; 5 g sugar; 46 g protein. Katie Workman, Detroit Free Press, "Recipe: Rich, beautiful salmon complemented by citrus," 31 Mar. 2018 Per serving: 530 calories, 20 grams fat, 5 grams saturated fat, 135 mg cholesterol, 170 mg sodium, 52 grams carbohydrates, 3 grams dietary fiber, 5 grams sugar, and 30 grams protein. Atlanta Life, ajc, "Basic meatball mixture delivers comfort in 30 minutes," 14 Mar. 2018 From and tested by Susan Selasky for the Free Press Test Kitchen. 207 calories (44 percent from fat), 10 g fat (1 g saturated fat), 25 g carbohydrates, 4 g protein, 349 mg sodium, 0 mg cholesterol, 3 g fiber. Susan Selasky, ajc, "5 recipes to cool things down on hot days," 3 July 2018 Nutrition per serving: 290 calories, 14 g protein, 45 g carbohydrates, 6 g fat, 1 g saturated fat, 0 mg cholesterol, 370 mg sodium, 10 g dietary fiber, 11 g sugar From nutritionist and cookbook author Ellie Krieger. Jason Wanlass, idahostatesman, "New Year’s fitness plan futile without nutrition," 13 Jan. 2018 Topics covered include medication management, blood glucose monitoring, exercise, complication prevention, and nutrition with an emphasis on carbohydrate counting, sodium and fats. Staff Report, Post-Tribune, "Community news," 11 July 2018 Nutrition | Per serving: 235 calories; 16 g fat; 3 g saturated fat; 8 mg cholesterol; 9 g protein; 17 g carbohydrate; 10 g sugar; 6 g fiber; 263 mg sodium; 92 mg calcium. Daniel Neman, sacbee, "Main dishes? Fruit is not forbidden," 26 June 2018

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1851, in the meaning defined above

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carbohydrate

noun

English Language Learners Definition of carbohydrate

: any one of various substances found in certain foods (such as bread, rice, and potatoes) that provide your body with heat and energy and are made of carbon, hydrogen, and oxygen

carbohydrate

noun
car·​bo·​hy·​drate | \ˌkär-bō-ˈhī-ˌdrāt \

Kids Definition of carbohydrate

: a substance (as a starch or sugar) that is rich in energy and is made up of carbon, hydrogen, and oxygen

carbohydrate

noun
car·​bo·​hy·​drate | \-ˌdrāt, -drət \

Medical Definition of carbohydrate 

: any of various neutral compounds of carbon, hydrogen, and oxygen (as sugars, starches, and celluloses) most of which are formed by green plants and which constitute a major class of animal foods

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