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Aloe vera contains several complex sugars including glucose and fructose, glucomannans, and polymannose. These sugars are found in the sticky translucent layer of the plant and are known as mucopolysaccharides.
Monosaccharaides are the sweet tasting basic units of carbohydrates. Common ones include glucose, fructose, and galactose. The most common polysaccharides are glucomannans. The most prominent monosaccharide in aloe is mannose-6-phosphate.
Polysaccharides are complex carbohydrates. Examples include starching foods like potatoes, corn, rice, and wheat. Glycogen, an energy storage unit found in animal and plant cells, is also a type of polysaccharide.'