Galactose Molecule : Galactose is a monosaccharide, or simple sugar, that occurs naturally in only a few foods. Within animals and plants, galactose exists in trace amounts. Free molecules of galactose are found in semen, urine, and human milk. Galactose shares a chemical formula with glucose (C6H12O6), as fructose does, but the molecules are arranged in a structure that differentiates the sugar. Galactose is produced in the body by the metabolism of another sugar, the disaccharide lactose, which is found in milk and breaks down into the monosaccharides galactose and glucose. Like other sugars, galactose can be metabolized to produce energy for cells.
In this model, carbon atoms are dark gray, hydrogen atoms are white, and oxygen atoms are red.
Interactive also available on white background. Please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org for details.
The material on this site is for informational purposes only and is not intended as medical advice. It should not be used to diagnose or treat any medical condition. Consult a licensed medical professional for the diagnosis and treatment of all medical conditions and before starting a new diet or exercise program. If you have a medical emergency, call 911 immediately.