chapter  3
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Carbohydrate Metabolism and Fasting

ByEzdine Bouhlel, Roy J Shephard

Classification of Carbohydrates Carbohydrates are classied according to the number and length of their carbon chains. The fundamental unit of carbohydrate is a single molecule, built from ve atoms of carbon (pentoses) or six atoms of carbon (hexoses). We distinguish three types of carbohydrate: monosaccharides, disaccharides, and polysaccharides.