carbohydrate

noun
car·​bo·​hy·​drate | \ ˌkär-bō-ˈhī-ˌdrāt How to pronounce carbohydrate (audio) , -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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Then add the right amount of carbohydrate — about ½ cup to a cup for most people. Samantha Cassetty, NBC News, "Overindulge this weekend? This 'Summer Mondays' routine will help you hit the reset button," 8 July 2019 According to the American Diabetes Association 2019 guidelines, the use of high-intensity sweeteners may decrease calorie and carbohydrate intake. Jamie Pitlick, Quartzy, "The best and worst sugar substitutes for your health," 3 July 2019 For most people, that limits carbohydrate intake to 19 grams per day, or the equivalent of a medium-sized apple. Katie Parsons, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Ketogenic diet popular for weight loss," 13 June 2018 These hormones can also trigger cravings: some specifically for high-fat items, others for carbohydrate-rich foods. Molly Kimball, nola.com, "Ever feel addicted to food? You’re not alone: Best of Molly Kimball," 25 June 2019 However, the keto diet is only 10% or so carbohydrates, whereas this plan allows for about 50%. Caroline Picard, Good Housekeeping, "What Is the Satiating Diet and Will It Help You Lose Weight? Here's What an R.D. Thinks," 20 June 2019 As a result, there are impressive amounts of protein and carbohydrate in need of recycling. Anne Sverdrup-thygeson, WSJ, "The Bugs We Can’t Live Without," 20 June 2019 However, carbohydrates are in so many nutritious and tasty foods. Ellie Krieger, Houston Chronicle, "Here are the diet terms that make dietitians cringe," 19 June 2019 And the usual suspects, including fat and carbohydrates, explained less than 40 percent of the differences in reactions to food between individuals. Nicole Blackwood, chicagotribune.com, "Slow down the calorie counting: Personalized diets could be the future of healthy eating, study suggests," 12 June 2019

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First Known Use of carbohydrate

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 How to pronounce carbohydrate (audio) \

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 How to pronounce carbohydrate (audio) \

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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