Ch 11: Biology: Nutrition - Carbohydrates

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In this chapter are fun video lessons that provide a comprehensive overview of nutrition and carbohydrates in biology. Use these lessons to learn about the importance of carbohydrates, types of fiber, blood glucose and more.

Biology: Nutrition - Carbohydrates - Chapter Summary

When studying biology, it's good to feel confident that you understand all it encompasses. This chapter ensures you know everything about nutrition and carbohydrates in biology by covering lactose intolerance, carbohydrate deficiency and so much more. After reviewing the lessons, you will be able to:

  • Describe the structure and function of carbohydrates
  • Define carbohydrates, identify what foods have them, and discuss intake guidelines
  • Share the importance of carbohydrates, their functions and the impact of deficiency
  • Discuss lactose intolerance and the major disaccharides
  • Explain the importance of the regulation of blood glucose
  • Provide details about insoluble and soluble fiber

Take full advantage of the resources in this chapter while soaking in information about nutrition and carbohydrates in biology. Each lesson is available as a video and full transcript and can be accessed from your smartphone, tablet or computer. Test your knowledge of lesson concepts by taking self-assessment quizzes and a chapter exam. If you need additional details about chapter topics, don't hesitate to submit your questions to our experts.

6 Lessons in Chapter 11: Biology: Nutrition - Carbohydrates
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Structure and Function of Carbohydrates

1. Structure and Function of Carbohydrates

Carbohydrates, also known as sugars, are a group of compounds found in organic tissues and foods. Explore the structure and function of carbohydrates, learn how to count carbons, discover glycosidic bonds, and review fibers and starches.

What Are Carbohydrates? - Sources & Intake Guidelines

2. What Are Carbohydrates? - Sources & Intake Guidelines

Carbohydrates are nutrients that provide the body with calories and serve as its main source of energy. Learn about the sources of simple and complex carbohydrates, and how to determine the recommended intake of carbohydrates per day.

The Importance of Carbohydrates: Functions & Impact of Deficiency

3. The Importance of Carbohydrates: Functions & Impact of Deficiency

Carbohydrates are an important energy source for your body and brain. Learn what carbohydrates are, explore how they function, and discover the impact of carbohydrate deficiency.

Lactose Intolerance and the Major Disaccharides: Definition, Structure & Examples

4. Lactose Intolerance and the Major Disaccharides: Definition, Structure & Examples

When sugar molecules, or saccharides, are linked together, they form disaccharides, one of which is the root of the condition called lactose intolerance. Explore the structures and examples of the major dietary monosaccharides and disaccharides, and understand why lactose intolerance occurs.

Regulation of Blood Glucose: Importance & Nutrient Conversion

5. Regulation of Blood Glucose: Importance & Nutrient Conversion

Blood glucose levels are regulated and maintained within a narrow range with hormones produced by the pancreas. Learn how insulin and glucagon, two hormones produced by the pancreas, maintain normal blood sugar levels and how other nutrients can be converted to blood glucose.

Insoluble and Soluble Fiber: Dietary Needs

6. Insoluble and Soluble Fiber: Dietary Needs

Insoluble and soluble fiber are non-digestible carbohydrates found in plants that are beneficial for normal bodily functions and disease prevention. Learn about dietary fiber needs, soluble vs. insoluble fiber, and the benefits of fiber consumption.

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