What is an oligosaccharide?


According to the Encyclopedia Britannica, an oligosaccharide is a carbohydrate that contains between three and ten simple sugars linked together. Oligosaccharides occur naturally in small amounts in many plants. They may also be formed by breaking down more complex carbohydrates.

The chicory root, Jerusalem artichoke, onion, garlic, leek, legumes and other plant foods contain oligosaccharides. Most of these carbohydrates are sweet. Oligosaccharides have a distinctive taste that has led to their use as a partial substitute for sugars and fats in some foods. Due to their increasing use in the food industry, more and more oligosaccharides are being produced synthetically, as their occurrence naturally is rather limited.

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Oligosaccharides. are compound from sugar. class which in. their molecular structure entering a small amount of identical or different units of. monosaccharides.which link together
Oligosaccharides:1:any of the carbohydrates that yield only a few monosaccharide molecules
Oligosaccharides are sugars having two or more monosaccharide units. The glycosidic links between the adjacent atoms of their molecules enabling this group of molecules possible.
oligosaccharide: any of the carbohydrates that yield only a few monosaccharide molecules on complete hydrolysis
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[ol-i-goh-sak-uh-rahyd, -rid]
any carbohydrate yielding few monosaccharides on hydrolysis, as two, three, or four.
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