Carbohydrate Introduction


Last week we studied the special properties of water and how it behaves in food. This week we are moving onto carbohydrate. Carbohydrate is the simplest of the major organic molecules found in food. 

Carbohydrate is important because:

  • They are the major energy nutrient in our diet. It is recommended that they provide 45 to 65% of our calories. 
  • Carbohydrate is a major constituent of fruits, vegetables and grains.
  • Glucose a major monosaccharide is also the main sugar in our blood.
  • Starches provide thickening and other properties to our food.
  • Fiber provides structure in our foods without adding calories to our diet
  • Gums, which are a type of fiber, are effective thickeners and very low levels. 

Read the assigned pages in both books along with the Canvas materials. Take the quiz, and answer the Discussion Post. I look forward to our meeting. 

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