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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Recent Examples on the Web And because that canopy is the face that a cell shows to the world, these complex carbohydrates, or glycans, play a critical role in its encounters and interactions with other cells or molecules. Quanta Magazine, "Sugary Camouflage on Coronavirus Offers Vaccine Clues," 5 May 2020 Lentils are also an inexpensive source of protein, complex carbohydrates, and fiber. Southern Living, "How To Cook Lentils," 9 Apr. 2020 But Sassos believes cutting out nutrient-dense veggies and other complex carbohydrates could do damage to much more than just your waistline. Zee Krstic, Good Housekeeping, "The Best (And Worst!) Diets of 2020, According to a Registered Dietitian," 2 Mar. 2020 To avoid this problem, Hines suggests eating a healthy breakfast filled with proteins, complex carbohydrates, and some fats. Joelle Goldstein,, "Celebrity Trainer Nichelle Hines Gives Her Top 6 Tips for Staying on Track This Holiday Season," 27 Nov. 2019 Therefore your post-workout meal should be high in complex carbohydrates that break down slowly and loaded with healthy protein. SELF, "What to Eat Before and After a Workout, According to a Registered Dietitian," 7 Aug. 2019 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

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1938, in the meaning defined above

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“Complex carbohydrate.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Jan. 2021.

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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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