Any of the class of sugars (e.g., glucose) that cannot be hydrolyzed to give a simpler sugar.
- Simple sugars, the monosaccharides and disaccharides, are very easy for human bodies to use as a source of energy.
- In the digestive track carbohydrates are converted to monosaccharides, mostly glucose and fructose.
- The difference can be connected with the structural properties of the glucose and mannitol molecules, as the mannitol is a polyhydric alcohol, whereas the glucose is a monosaccharide.
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