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What is the difference between a simple sugar and a complex carbohydrate?

Introductory Chemistry | 5th Edition | ISBN: 9780321910295 | Authors: Nivaldo J Tro ISBN: 9780321910295 34

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Problem 8Q

Problem 8Q

What is the difference between a simple sugar and a complex carbohydrate?

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Solution 8Q:

Here, we are going to differentiate between  a simple sugar and a complex carbohydrate.

Carbohydrates are classified into two forms.

  1. Simple sugar
  2. Complex

Simple Sugar

Complex Carbohydrate

Simple sugars are one type of carbohydrates which  have the most basic chemical structure (C6H12O6). For example: Glucose, fructose etc.

 It is made up of one or two sugars. For example: Glucose, fructose, sucrose etc.

Simple sugars are easily digested and used up. So it requires in large quantities.

Complex Carbohydrate is long chain of sugar molecules. It is comprised of glucose repeating unit via glycosidic linkage.

It is made up of 3 or more sugar groups.

For example: cellulose , starch , and

glycogen ,

Complex Carbohydrates are digested  by hydrolysis which is broken the link of individual sugar molecule and allowing glucose molecules to pass through the intestinal wall.

These carbohydrates are stay in longer time in bloodstream.

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Textbook: Introductory Chemistry
Edition: 5
Author: Nivaldo J Tro
ISBN: 9780321910295

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