What are the monomers of carbohydrates?


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Carbohydrate monomers are called monosaccharides, which are also known as simple sugars. They are composed of either five or six carbons that have a ring-like structure and form a single sugar. Examples of monomers are glucose, fructose and galactose, which are all simple sugars. There are also disaccharides, which are two simple sugars bonded together, but they are not the main monomers of carbohydrates.

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What are the monomers of carbohydrates?
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Carbohydrates are one of main macromolecules of life. In dietary terms, there are "good" carbs and "bad" carbs, which can have adverse effects on your blood flow and development. Carbohydrates are made up of carbon, hydrogen and oxygen. Carbohydrates are also called saccharides, or sugars. Some examples of carbohydrates are glucose (grape sugar), sucrose (cane sugar) and lactose, which is found in milk. They are used for the storage of energy and structural components in plants.

The monosaccharides that make up carbohydrates are the simplest sugars in chemistry. Remember that the prefix mono means "one," meaning that most monomers are one sugar chain. Some of these monomers are written in rings, with all of their molecules connected in a circle. This structure is dependent on the individual molecules of the saccharide chain and does not always apply.

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