Is Starch A Polysaccharide Or A Monosaccharide?


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Starch is a polysaccharide. Polysaccharides are sugars that contain more than one basic sugar unit. Monosaccharide, on the other hand, contain only one sugar molecule. You can say that polysaccharides are polymers and monosaccharides may become the monomers that build up this polymer.
The monomer of starch is glucose. Many glucose molecules are joined together to make up starch. There are two types of starch molecules: Linear (amylose) and branched (amylopectin).
Starch is the molecule in which plants store energy. It is equivalent to glycogen in animal and human bodies.
Some foods which are very rich in starch are potatoes, bananas, cassavas, yams, peas, pasta and rice.

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