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What atoms make up carbohydrates?

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Carbohydrates contain atoms of carbon, hydrogen and oxygen. There are two times as many hydrogen atoms as carbon or oxygen atoms, according to the Austin Community College.

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The human body uses carbohydrates to fuel the nervous system and provide much-needed energy for the muscles. Carbohydrates also prevent the body from using protein as an energy source. The structure of a carbohydrate determines if it is a monosaccharide, disaccharide or polysaccharide. Monosaccharides, also called simple sugars, are used as the building blocks for disaccharides and polysaccharides. When two monosaccharides join together, they form a disaccharide. If more than two monosaccharides join together, they form a polysaccharide.

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