Describe The 3 Categories Into Which Carbohydrates Can Be Classified.

The 3 categories into which carbohydrates can be classified are:

  • Monosaccharides: these carbohydrates cannot undergo hydrolysis to yield simpler polyhydroxy aldehyde or ketone units. E.g. glucose, ribose.
  • Oligosaccharides: these carbohydrates can undergo hydrolysis to give 2-10 monosaccharide carbohydrates. E.g. sucrose, maltose.
  • Polysaccharides: these carbohydrates can undergo hydrolysis to give a large number of monosaccharide carbohydrates. E.g. starch, glycogen.

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