Compare the structural and conformation differences between amylose and cellulose.

Answer the following questions related to the case study (Sweet Truth: Not all Carbohydrates are Alike):

1.    In aqueous solutions, there are three forms of glucose: the cyclic alpha-form (36%), the cyclic beta-form (64%), and a trace amount of the open-chain form.  At equilibrium, the cyclic alpha- and beta-forms are constantly interchanging when in solution. (1) Explain why the cyclic forms exist predominately in solutions, AND (2) explain why the cyclic beta-form is more abundant than the cyclic alpha-form.2.    Name the monosaccharides and disaccharides in amylose and cellulose.  Compare the structural and conformation differences between amylose and cellulose.  A simple iodine test can be used to distinguish the two polysaccharides. (1) Describe the iodine test AND (2) explain the observation.

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3.    List AND explain the side effects that can be caused consuming too much sorbitol.

4.    Why are soluble fibers identified as prebiotics?

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