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What are Oligosaccharides and Why Should You Add Them to Your Diet?

Oligosaccharides (Greek oligo = few; sacchar = sugar) are a type of carbohydrate formed when multiple (typically two to 12) sugars are linked together. They fall between carbohydrates that are monosaccharides (simple sugar) and polysaccharides (starches that typically have 12 or more linked sugars).  Oligosaccharides are typically classified by their plant or substance sources.  Scientists are increasingly interested in studying the health benefits of oligosaccharides and their many varieties because of their benefits as prebiotics as well as antitumor, immunity-increasing and antioxidant characteristics.  Read more....

 

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