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What is the difference between reducing and non reducing sugar?

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September 14, 2011 9:32AM

The Fehling's and the Benedict's Test are the just two of the many tests conducted in identifying reducing and non-reducing sugars. Reducing sugars like the monosaccharides can reduce cupric hydroxide from the reagents used.

This is because the reducing sugars have a free oH group at their anomeric carbon that can cause the reduction of mild oxidizing agents like fehling and Benedict solution.In non reducing sugars this oH is involved in glycosidic bond formation.