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CARBOHYDRATES

 
foodcounts-ipage-002 Carbohydrates

Carbohydrates are varieties of sugar compounds that are produced naturally by plants from carbon dioxide and water. They supply us with energy and are used in the production of fats.  There are three main classes: single sugars[fructose and glucose]  double sugars [lactose, maltose, and sucrose] and the complex sugars of starch [our staple food and found in root vegetables and cereals] dextrin [used mainly for industial starch], glycogen [starch found in in animal tissue] and cellulose [also known as fibre]
 

 

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