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Carbohydrates | Classification | Examples | Structure

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“The optically active, polyhydroxy aldehydes or ketones or the compounds which produce these compounds on hydrolysis are called Carbohydrates”.

The most common examples of carbohydrates are cane sugar (C12H22O11), glucose (C6H12O6), fructose (C6H12O6), starch [(C6H10O5)n], cellulose, etc. Most of the carbohydrates have the general formula, Cx(H2O)y. For example, the molecular formula of glucose (C6H12O6) fits into this general formula, C6(H2O)6. However, all the compounds which fit into this formula may not be essentially carbohydrates. For example, acetic acid (CH3COOH) fits into this general formula, C2(H2O)2, but it is not a carbohydrate. Similarly, rhamnose, (C6H12O5) does not fit in this definition, but it is a carbohydrate.

Since, the ratio of hydrogen and oxygen atoms in carbohydrates are in general, the same as in water (2:1), they were considered as hydrates of carbon and named as carbohydrates. Now, it has been well established that, carbohydrates do not contain water and therefore, their name carbohydrate is erroneous, but because of being well established, it still persists.

Some of the carbohydrates, which are sweet in taste, are also called sugars. The most common sugar, used in our homes is sucrose, whereas the sugar present in milk is lactose. Carbohydrates are also called saccharides (Greek, sakcharon means sugar).

Classification of Carbohydrates

Carbohydrates are classified on the basis of their behavior on hydrolysis. They have been broadly divided into the following three groups-

 (1)Monosaccharides- The simplest carbohydrates that cannot be hydrolyzed further to give the simpler unit of polyhydroxy aldehydes or ketones are called a monosaccharide. About 20 monosaccharides are known to found in nature. Some common examples are glucose (C6H12O6), fructose (C6H12O6), ribose (C5H10O5), etc.

(2)Oligosaccharides- Such carbohydrates which yield two to ten monosaccharide units on hydrolysis, are called oligosaccharides. They are further classified as disaccharides, trisaccharides, tetrasaccharides, etc., depending upon the number of monosaccharides, they give on hydrolysis.

The most common oligosaccharides are disaccharides. The two monosaccharide units obtained on hydrolysis of a disaccharide may be the same or different. For example, one molecule of sucrose (C12H22O11), on hydrolysis gives one molecule each of glucose and fructose, whereas one molecule of maltose (C12H22O11), on hydrolysis gives two molecules of glucose.

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