Are the sugars found in different foods all the same?
Is the sugar you get in a red cabbage the same as the sugar you'd get in a banana, for example? or the sugar in soda and candy the same as in broccoli?
if you're trying to go low sugar, is a gram from vegetables equal to a gram from cotton candy?
asked bypaleohacks (78467)
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on October 30, 2012
at 02:00 AM
Yep, there's a difference. Carbohydrates are made up of 1 or more sugar (monosaccharide) units. Simple sugars are just that, monosaccharides. Disaccharides are, surprise, two monosaccharides chained together. Oligo/polysacchrides are longer chains of sugars.
The sugars themselves can vary based on configuration.
So for example...
Monosaccharides: glucose, fructose, mannose, galactose, ribose, etc... Disaccharides: sucrose (fructose + glucose), lactose (glucose + galactose), etc... Polysaccharides: cellulose (beta-1,4-linked glucose), amylose (aka starch, alpha-1,4-linked glucose), etc...