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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And those are smart steps, especially since most of us could stand to eat fewer refined carbohydrates (like white bread and pasta) and more leafy greens. Amanda Macmillan, Health.com, "Kourtney Kardashian Says She Did the Keto Diet to Help With a ‘Metal Detox’—Does That Work?," 1 Mar. 2018 Per serving: 230 calories, 9 grams fat, 5 grams saturated fat, 310 mg sodium, 28 grams carbohydrate, 7 grams fiber, 5 grams sugar (0 added sugar), 14 grams protein. Molly Kimball, NOLA.com, "DIY King Cake smoothie, 5 other good-for-you king cake options, recipes," 9 Jan. 2018 One of my favorite suhoor meals is overnight oats, which has a great balance of whole grain carbohydrates for energy along with filling protein and fats. Nazima Qureshi, SELF, "5 Energizing, Plant-Based Dishes This R.D. Relies on During Ramadan," 3 May 2019 Fruits, vegetables, dairy, and other carbohydrates contain naturally occurring forms. Jaclyn London, Ms, Rd, Cdn, Good Housekeeping, "Is Sugar Bad for You? Here's What You Need to Know," 26 Mar. 2019 Plus, your body will convert the excess protein to carbohydrates for fuel. Karla Walsh, Woman's Day, "The Ultimate Keto Diet Foods List of What You Can (and Can't) Eat," 28 Dec. 2018 This soup is loaded with more fat than protein alone can wrangle, so Sarah sends in carbohydrate reinforcements. Ali Bouzari, San Francisco Chronicle, "Housemade: The science behind the skillets at Miss Ollie’s in Oakland," 16 May 2018 Split combines nut butter with jam for a quick meal of balanced proteins and carbohydrates. Michaela Bechler, Vogue, "The Best On-the-Go Snacks to Get Before Holiday Travel Season," 6 Nov. 2018 In addition, the high sugar and carbohydrate content of many alcohols and mixers can lead to a blood sugar spike which is usually followed by a blood sugar crash. Steven Macari, Harper's BAZAAR, "Drink Responsibly: A Healthy Guide to Imbibing," 21 Feb. 2014

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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 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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