complex carbohydrate


Definition of complex carbohydrate

: a polysaccharide (such as starch or cellulose) consisting of usually hundreds or thousands of monosaccharide units also : a food (such as rice or pasta) composed primarily of such polysaccharides

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Underneath the lazy demeanor of a cow is a complex digestive system that transforms grass into the complex carbohydrates cows need to live. National Geographic, "Can methane burps be bred out of cows?," 3 July 2019 And be sure to eat a diet low in foods with a high glycemic index (simple and complex carbohydrates). 4. Candace Bryan, Good Housekeeping, "15 Things Women With Perfect Skin Do Every Day," 4 Sep. 2015 While almonds and peanuts pack in the protein, chestnuts predominantly contain complex carbohydrates, which your body digests slowly for a stable energy source. Caroline Picard, Good Housekeeping, "4 Surprising Health Benefits of Chestnuts," 13 Dec. 2018 First the team looked for telltale starch grains (complex carbohydrates), found in most plant tissues, including cacao. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, "Chocolate has an even earlier origin than we thought, new study finds," 29 Oct. 2018 Both are fiber-packed, gluten-free sources of complex carbohydrates that give you long-lasting energy and steady blood sugar levels. Marygrace Taylor, Woman's Day, "These 10 Foods Are Cheaper and Healthier Than Pricey 'Superfoods'," 24 Nov. 2014 Lentils are high in fiber and complex carbohydrates while low in fat and calories. Kelly Heisler,, "Eat healthy: Tasty chili recipe from Kelly Heisler, MPT, PT," 16 Apr. 2018 This comes from the mung beans, which are full of polysaccharides—a complex carbohydrate that reads sweet on our tongues. Alison Roman, WSJ, "Plant-Based ‘Meat’ and ‘Fish’ May Be the Future. But How Do They Taste?," 12 Apr. 2018 Singapore Airlines, for instance, recently introduced Deliciously Wholesome, in-flight meals that were designed with the help of a nutritionist and are rich in complex carbohydrates, lean proteins and fiber. Shivani Vora, New York Times, "Where to Get Healthier in 2018," 9 Jan. 2018

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1938, in the meaning defined above

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Medical Definition of complex carbohydrate

: a polysaccharide (as starch or cellulose) consisting of usually hundreds or thousands of monosaccharide units also : a food (as rice or pasta) composed primarily of such polysaccharides

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