Carbohydrates

Kayla White

What are Carbohydrates made of?

Carbohydrates are a molecular compound made from carbon, hydrogen, and oxygen. A single or double unit is called sugar, longer units are called starches, and indigestible units are called fiber.

What do carbohydrates do?

Sugars and starches go through chemical reactions to create glucose, a single-sugar unit. This creates energy for your body and it helps many organ function properly.


Fiber is an indigestible carbohydrate that acts like a broom; it sweeps away waste and helps maintain bowel health.

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Deficiencies

Not having enough carbohydrates can cause fatigue, weakness, increased risk of heart disease, drastic weight loss, and even death.