14.6: What is glycogen? How is it different from starch?

Glycogen is a carbohydrate (polysaccharide). In animals, carbohydrates are stored as glycogen.

Starch is a carbohydrate consisting of two components − amylose (15 − 20%) and amylopectin (80 − 85%).

However, glycogen consists of only one component whose structure is similar to amylopectin. Also, glycogen is more branched than amylopectin.