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Disaccharides

Disaccharides

Author: Nathan Lampson
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This lesson will introduce disaccharides, including an overview of their structure, and providing multiple examples.

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Disaccharides are carbohydrates that are made up of two monosaccharide sugar units linked together.  The process of joining two monosaccharides is called dehydration.

 

Examples of disaccharides:

 

Sucrose - table sugar

Maltose - a disaccharide produced when starch is broken down

Lactose - the sugar found in milk based products

 

This is an image of a sucrose disaccharide molecule:

Disaccharides