Carbohydrates – Definition and Functions

Carbohydrates – Definition and Functions

Definition of Carbohydrates:

Carbohydrates are defined as polyhydroxy aldehydes or polyhydroxy ketones and the substances which yield these derivatives on hydrolysis.

Functions of Carbohydrates:

i) Supply energy
ii) Stored energy for future use
iii) Structural constituents
iv) Proteins sparing action
v) Necessary for oxidation of protein and fat
vi) Necessary for synthesis of nonessential amino acids
vii) Conserve water and electrolyte
viii) Beneficial effect on micro flora.

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