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

Examples of complex carbohydrate in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web During high exertion, the body burns mainly glycogen, a complex carbohydrate structure used to store energy in the muscles and liver. Cameron Cook, The Conversation, 13 Apr. 2022 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, 5 May 2020 Lentils are also an inexpensive source of protein, complex carbohydrates, and fiber. Southern Living, 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, 2 Mar. 2020 To avoid this problem, Hines suggests eating a healthy breakfast filled with proteins, complex carbohydrates, and some fats. Joelle Goldstein,, 27 Nov. 2019 Therefore your post-workout meal should be high in complex carbohydrates that break down slowly and loaded with healthy protein. SELF, 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, 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, 4 Sep. 2015 See More

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First Known Use of complex carbohydrate

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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