What is SUGAR, sucrose, saccharose, glucose, dextrose, fructose, galactose; all the “OSE”?

Yellow sugar = made from Sucrose

Source:   sugar BEET containing little sugar Syrup(yellowish)

Raw Cane sugar = Semi-refined sugar CRYSTALS

Source:   sugar CANE containing high levels of Molasses.

(Molasses=Treacle   =dark, sweet, syrup-like liquid

      Composition: ~50% sugar which cannot be crystallised any further

Do you know that Sugar Cane is a GIANT GRASS while Sugar Beet is a Root Crop?

Brown sugar =Refined sugar

Made from =RAW sugar Syrup + Caramelized WHITE sugar

Glucose=Monosaccharide =Dextrose=Grape sugar:

Source:   fruits & plant juices

  • made through breakdown of starches (by enzymes or in acid-existence)
  • sold as Glucose Syrup to Food Manufacturing Industry or,

as Crystals in retail market

      (Monosaccharide=“simple sugars” =contain Glucose, Fructose + Galactose;

                                   Glucose being most important)  

Fructose=Monosaccharide =Fruit sugar =sugars’ sweetest!

Source:   fruits, some root veges, cane sugar & honey

  • PURE Fructose=made through breakdown of inulin or sucrose
  • Fructose-Glucose Syrup=made through isomerization of glucose syrup

      (Glucose Syrup Isomerization =CONVERT some GLUCOSE into FRUCTOSE;

        Sold to Food Processing Industry)  

Corn Syrup, most probably,

High-Fructose Corn Syrup

=55% FRUCTOSE + 45% GLUCOSE

common granulated Table Sugar =Disaccharide=Sucrose=Saccharose

= ½ FRUCTOSE + ½ GLUCOSE

      (Other Disaccharides contains MALTOSE + LACTOSE)  

Common Honey, most probably made from

Fructose + Glucose + Sucrose + complex sugars + water + minerals + vitamins (minimal composition with no real nutritional value) +…..

All these forms of sugar may have equal calories but the way being metabolized by the body differs due its form and components.

The word, “SUGAR”, can mean so many things, from the “ose”, egs, “glucose”, “dextrose”, “fructose” to carbohydrates and unless we have the scientific formulaes, we would have no idea what it refers to.  

I haven’t even begun to talk about the “chemically-different substances” which are also sweet, the artificial sweeteners which are not sugars.

Simply, HOW MUCH OF THE ABOVE ARE YOU PUTTING INTO YOUR BODY?

Before you purchase any products from the supermarkets, see how many of the above is included in the ingredients?

Is it time to reconsider about what foods and drinks you choose to eat or drink, and in the long run, what impact SUGARs will have on your organs and body as a whole? with studies, whether implicated, suspected or inconclusive, linking sugar to different diseases.

References:

http://www.agrana.com/en/agrana-group/our-business-segments/sugar/sugar-facts-fiction/honey-other-forms-of-sugar/

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sugar

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sucrose

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