Carbohydrates and Low-Carb Diets

Is glucose a large or small carbohydrate?

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2008-08-26 18:44:25

Small. Glucose is the simplest of all sugars C6H12O6 (with the

numbers smsll and subscript). This is why glucose is given to

athlletes or anyone requiring energy quickly, as its small

molecules are quickly absorbed into the blood. Other carbohydrates

have larger molecules (like sucrose - normal sugar - which has a

molecule that resembles 2 glucose molecules joined together) or

giant molecules (like starch) all of which have to be broken down

by enzymes in the body to produce glucose so that it can be

absorbed into the blood. This takes time, and so other 'large'

carbohydrates take longer to have an effect than small ones like


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