Are There Different Types and Classes of Carbohydrates

As you may guess, numerous different kinds of carbohydrates are found in nature. However our discussion will be limited to those carbohydrates found in greater amounts in our diet and those important to our body. The simplest carbohydrates are the monosaccharides, which include glucose (dextrose), fructose, and galactose. Other examples of monosaccharides include xylose, mannose, and ribose, but these may not be as familiar to you. There are over one hundred different monosac-charides found in nature and these serve as the building blocks for larger carbohydrates, such as disaccharides, oligosaccharides, starches, and fibers (most).

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