Which carbohydrate we cannot digest?

A carbohydrate is a bio-molecule consisting of carbon (C), hydrogen (H) and oxygen (O) atoms, it is also known as saccharides or carbs. These are the sugars, starches, and fibres found in fruits, grains, vegetables, and milk products.

Carbohydrate that we cannot digest is cellulose, which is present in the fibre that comes from plant-based foods.

It is the major component of cell walls of plants, like vegetables, fruits, and grains in our diet. 

We can’t digest cellulose, due to the lack of the digestive enzyme (cellulase) which is required to break the bonds between the monosaccharides of cellulose and release the energy-rich glucose.

After all, cellulose is necessary to our diet because it is an excellent source of fibre.


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Updated on: 27-Apr-2023


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