Sucrose, also know as common table sugar, is a carbohydrate that is found in fruit and vegetables. It is disaccharide. A molecule of sucrose is made up of one molecule of glucose and one molecule of fructose linked by a bond called a glycosidic linkage.
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Although this sounds rather scientific it is important to understand as it is one reason why table sugar is different from HFCS (High fructose corn syrup). Refined sugar has been part of the human diet for the last 600 years but use has dramatically increased in the last 100 years.
Sugar has begun to be replaced in the last number of years by other sweeteners, natural and artificial including high fructose corn syrup, aspartame, saccharin and sucralose.
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Safe enough taken in moderate quantities. However it is added to nearly all processed foods, so the safe daily quantity can easily be exceeded if care is not taken. Most people in the developed world are consuming about four times the safe amount.
Note that damage to teeth is not related to the quantity of sugar consumed, but to the duration of time the mouth is exposed to sugar. So a soda with 12 spoons of sugar will, if consumed quickly, have almost no detrimental effect on teeth. But a few hard sweets, containing say six spoons of sugar will have a much more harmful effect if sucked over a long period. So, unless you have dentures, avoid hard boiled sweets if they contain sugar!
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