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Carbohydrates are sugars or long chains of sugars and their

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on 5 September 2014

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Carbohydrates are sugars or long chains of sugars and their purpose is to store short term energy.
One example of a carbohydrate is glucose. It is an important simple sugar molecule with the chemical formula C6 H12 O6.
Simple sugars are called monosaccharides.
Carbohydrates also include long chains of connected sugar molecules. These long chains often consist of hundreds or thousands of monosaccharides bonded together to form polysaccharides.
Plants store sugar in polysaccharides called starch.





Animals store sugar in polysaccharides called glycogen.
You get the energy you need by eating carbohydrate rich foods, including fruits and vegetables, as well as grains, such as bread, rice, or corn.
Some athletes do what is called carb loading. The night before their event they'll have a big pasta dinner or similar foods to build their energy reserves for the coming day.
Carbohydrates
This has been a brief presentation on what carbohydrates are. Of course there's much more to learn in the world of organic molecules but this is a bit of a primer for carbohydrates.
Carbohydrates are the first of the four organic molecules.
Mono means one and poly means many.
Hopefully you've learned a thing or two and have had your interest piqued.
This is a fascinating subject that is fun to learn about. I hope that you do choose to pursue such knowledge. Have a great day!
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Resources used: "Lesson 2.2 The Compounds of Life." Www.williamsburgacademy.org. Web. 4 Sept. 2014. <https://wacademy.instructure.com/courses/951536/assignments/3712467?module_item_id=7269264>.


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