Molecule of the Week
October 30, 2006
"Sugar” refers to a family of related chemical compounds that includes sucrose, the ordinary refined sugar found in Halloween candy. Sucrose is a disaccharide, or two-part molecule, formed by linking the monosaccharide sugars glucose and fructose. Honey–mostly a mixture of sucrose, glucose, and fructose–is formed when honeybees digest plant nectars using enzymes called invertases to break apart the sucrose molecules.
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