How are carbohydrates and saccharides related?
Polymers are usually of high molecular mass. They are formed as a result of combination of a lot of monomer subunits.
Similarly, when monosaccharides(monomers) combine with each other by means of glycosidic bonds releasing water molecules, then they form carbohydrates(polymer).
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- Carbohydrate is a huge group of organic molecules commonly called sugars, or saccharides.
- These could be monosaccharide (=single sugar unit), disaccharide (=double sugar units), oligosaccharide (=three to ten sugar units) and polysaccharide (=many sugar units).
- So, please note that such monomers/monosaccharides as well as polymers/polysaccharides are all carbohydrates.
- Polymerous carbohydrates are made of monosaccharidic units.
- For example starch and glycogen both are made of hundreds of glucose units, though differently arranged. Cellulose is also a straight chain polymer of D-glucose.
- Monosaccharide fructose units polymerise to form inulin, a natural polysaccharide fibre present in plants.
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