Sucrose is a complex carbohydrate with a chemical composition of a disaccharide of glucose and fructose, the other two sugars. Sucrose can be produced as table sugar and other sugar products at harvesting and processing sugar cane and sugar beets. Sucrose also occurs naturally in a variety of foods. Sugar can contribute a lot of calories to a person’s diet, and people with certain medical conditions, such as diabetes must carefully monitor their sugar intake
Table sugar is pure, refined sugar. Powdered or confectioner’s sugar is pure sucrose, but is treated differently than table sugar to make it powdery. Brown sugar is mostly sucrose, but some molasses added to give it its brown color.
Fruit naturally contains sucrose. Examples of fruits that are high in sugar are pineapple, citrus fruits such as tangerines, clementines and oranges and peaches and nectarines.
Although usually not as sweet as fruit, vegetables also contain sucrose. Examples of high sucrose vegetables with peas, corn, carrots and sweet potatoes.
Seeds and nuts
Examples of nuts and seeds with high sugar content include hazelnuts, walnuts, Brazil nuts, pecans, cashews, almonds and sunflower seeds.
Many beverages, especially fruit juices and soft drinks, containing sucrose. Pure fruit juice come with sucrose their natural. Beverages such as soda and juice drinks have sugar added during production.
Many processed foods contain sucrose, because it is added in the form of sugar and other sugar products during the manufacturing process. Thousands of processed foods containing sucrose, and many have high levels. Examples of processed foods that may have sucrose in them contain cookies, chips, cereals, bread and pasta.