carbohydrate

noun
car·​bo·​hy·​drate | \ ˌkär-bō-ˈhī-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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Cassava flour contains many more carbohydrates—over 20 grams more per serving—than whole-wheat flour. Tamar Adler, Vogue, "Is Healthy Snack Food Actually Healthy—or Just Addictive?," 18 Jan. 2019 The Mayo Clinic promoted the menu as four parts fat to every one part carbohydrate and protein combined (4:1 ratio), for a diet that added up to 90% of calories from fat, 5% from protein, and 5% from carbohydrates. Karla Walsh, Woman's Day, "What Is the Keto Diet, Exactly?," 27 Dec. 2018 Have a healthy—meaning fiber-containing—carbohydrate at all meals. Jamie Ducharme, Time, "5 Dietitians on the One Nutrition Tweak You Should Make," 1 Mar. 2018 But a new study in JAMA found that neither genetic makeup nor the amount of insulin the body secretes determined how much weight people lost on either a low-fat or a low-carbohydrate diet. Consumer Reports, Washington Post, "Should you match your diet to your genes?," 14 May 2018 Gardner and his colleagues designed the study to compare how overweight and obese people would fare on low-carbohydrate and low-fat diets. Author: Anahad O'connor, Anchorage Daily News, "Counting calories is not the key to weight loss, a new study finds," 22 Feb. 2018 This means making half your plate non-starchy vegetables, one quarter protein, and one quarter carbohydrates. SELF, "PSA: Healthy Eating Should Include Mental and Social Health, Too.," 11 Jan. 2019 The basic nutrition stats per cup of fresh blueberries: 85 calories, 0 fat, 21 grams carbohydrate, 3.5 grams fiber, 15 grams sugar, and 1 gram protein. Molly Kimball, NOLA.com, "Why you should eat blueberries every day (or at least regularly)," 15 May 2018 Per serving: 295 calories (percent calories from fat, 35), 38 grams protein, 9 grams carbohydrate, 2 grams fiber, 11 grams fat (1.6 grams saturated fat), 80 milligrams cholesterol, 420 milligrams sodium. Susan Nicholson, ajc, "Seven Day Menu Planner," 24 Apr. 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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