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Oxidation of Monosaccharides

Monosaccharides can be oxidized. Benedict’s reagent (oxidizing agent) can accomplish this by reacting with the aldehyde group of the open-chain form. Thus aldose and ketose sugars are reducing sugars. In fact, all monosaccharides are reducing sugars. Some disaccharides can be oxidized by Benedict’s reagent.


Benedict’s reagent is reduced in the process to cuprous oxide.

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