Nutrition Myths

Available Carbohydrate

Available carbohydrate is the part of a carbohydrate that can be digested by human enzymes and absorbed directly, providing energy to the body. It does not include dietary fiber which is not digested and can only produce energy through fermentation in the colon. (1)

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