People are confused about the meaning of words such as "carbs" and "metabolism". The confusion is exploited by advertisers, so let me explain. The word "carbs" was originally a shorthand for "carbohydrates", i.e. molecules containing only carbon (C), hydrogen (H) and oxygen (O). A pretty useless term since the definition included molecules that had nothing in common. What biochemists meant, in practice, by the term was sugars or chains of sugar as opposed to protein or fat.
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