What happens to disaccharides and polysaccharides during digestion?
Here we are going to discuss about the digestion of disaccharide and polysaccharides.
Disaccharides and polysaccharides are the class of carbohydrates.
Disaccharides are formed when two Monosaccharides combine together via glycosidic linkages . For example: Sucrose which is formed when glucose and fructose combine together.
During digestion by hydrolysis, the glycosidic linkage which connect the two monosaccharide is broken.
Polysaccharides is a chain like molecule which are formed when many monosaccharides combine together via glycosidic linkages . For example: cellulose , starch , and glycogen ,
When we digest polysaccharide, the link between individual monosaccharide units is broken by hydrolysis.
For example: Digestion by hydrolysis of starch, is broken the individual glucose units and allowing glucose molecules to pass through the intestinal wall.