Complex Carbohydrates

Krystin Cassello


Energy and Digestion

The carbohydrates break down into glucose, which is the simplest for of carbohydrates and primary soucre of energy.


Kidney beans Pinto beans Lentils Chick peas Split peas Soy milk Skim milk Low Fat Yogart Brown rice Corn Wheat Carrots Potatoes Okra Strawberries Apples Cucumbers Asparagus

Water, Protein, and Carbohydrate Content of Selected Vegetables:

  • Artichoke: 85% water, 2.9% protein, 10.6% carbohydrate
  • Beets, red: 87.3% water, 1.6% protein, 9.9% carbohydrate
  • Celery: 94.1% water, 0.9% protein, 3.9% carbohydrate
  • Corn: 13.8% water, 8.9% protein, 72.2% carbohydrate
  • Lima bean: 10.3% water, 20.4% protein, 64% carbohydrate
  • Potato: 79.8% water, 2.1% protein, 17.1% carbohydrate
  • Red pepper: 74.3% water, 3.7% protein, 18.8% carbohydrate
  • Summer squash: 94% water, 1.1% protein, 4.2% carbohydrate

Too much or too little

According to the Dietary Guidelines for Americans (2010), your diet should consist of 45 to 60% of carbohydrates. For the average 2,000 calories that equals to 225 to 325 grams.

A person should consume enough to fuel your workout and your everyday activities.


4 calories per gram of carbs

Also known as starches and are made of three or more linked sugars.

Carbohydrate monomers are called monosaccharides e.g. glucose and fructose.

They are found naturally in foods and also refined processed foods.

A disaccharide, polysaccharide, or oligosaccharide. Also called a complex sugar.

Strache - without taste or odor, which are granular or powdery in physical form.


Chemical compounds that are made up of oxygen, hydrogen, and cardon

Accounts for 45% - 65% of the calories in your diet

Refined starches are found in pastrys, cakes, and pizzas

Body's only source of energy

Oats, grains, and whole wheat pasta

Have you ever had a carbohydrate?

You have

Remember to balance you intake of carbs with protein, a little fat and fiber

Adviced that you should get half you energy from carbs

The carbohydrate is full of energy

Energy providing nutrient

Starches are the most most common carbohydrates