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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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 Research into the potential benefits of carbohydrate ingestion for soccer performance is in its relative infancy. New York Times, "That Spitting Thing at the World Cup? It’s Probably ‘Carb Rinsing’," 11 July 2018 When consuming carbohydrates, have them early in the day. Kimberly Garrison, Philly.com, "How to get into Janet Jackson shape," 11 July 2018 New research suggests that your brain is hard-wired to crave foods that combine fat and carbohydrates, such as the fries and shakes that beckon from the drive-thru menu. Samantha Cassetty, NBC News, "How to make your fast food habit healthier," 20 June 2018 Some carbohydrates that increase gas production in the intestine and are not easily absorbed may be the reason why certain individuals avoiding gluten may report less abdominal pain and bloating. Miguel Saps, M.d., miamiherald, "Is eating gluten really bad for you?," 19 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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