Introduction to Macronutrients 1: Carbohydrates

Carbohydrates make up the majority of our diets and are abundant in foods. In this video, let’s learn more about the complexity of how the body uses this important nutrient. Other resources and the citations used in this video are linked below.

Continue learning in this macronutrient series: watch the videos about protein and fats.


Please note that some of the basic facts in this video came from Nutrition: From Science to You (3rd Edition) by Dr. Joan Salge Blake, RD

Carbohydrates (article) | Macromolecules | Khan Academy

Absorption of Monosaccharides:

Disaccharides and polysaccharides (video) | Khan Academy:

Disaccharide digestion and maldigestion. – PubMed – NCBI:

Digestion and Absorption of the Macronutrients – ScienceDirect:

Fiber and Prebiotics: Mechanisms and Health Benefits:

Host-Microbe Interactions in the Neonatal Intestine: Role of Human Milk Oligosaccharides:

Ted Jost, Christophe Lacroix, Christian Braegger, Christophe Chassard, Impact of human milk bacteria and oligosaccharides on neonatal gut microbiota establishment and gut health, Nutrition Reviews, Volume 73, Issue 7, July 2015, Pages 426–437