Carbohydrate Classification

Carbohydrate classification can be easily understood as simple carbohydrates (monosaccharides and disaccharides) and complex carbohydrates (polysaccharides). Simple carbohydrates provide your body with immediate energy (rapid increase in blood sugar) and is found in fruits, vegetables, and dairy products. Complex carbohydrates provide your body with longer and more sustained energy (slow increase in blood sugar) and is found in starches and fibers. Both simple and complex carbohydrates eventually break down into sugar (glucose) and provide the primary source of energy for your body.

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