Sugar is the generalized name for sweet, short-chain, soluble carbohydrates, many of which are used in food. They are composed of carbon, hydrogen, and oxygen. There are various types of sugar derived from different sources. Simple sugars are called monosaccharides and include glucose (also known as dextrose), fructose, and galactose. The table or granulated sugar most customarily used as food is sucrose, a disaccharide. (In the body, sucrose hydrolyses into fructose and glucose.) Other disaccharides include maltose and lactose. Longer chains of sugars are called oligosaccharides. Chemically-different substances may also have a sweet taste, but are not classified as sugars. Some are used as lower-calorie food substitutes for sugar described as artificial sweeteners.

Sugars are found in the tissues of most plants, but are present in sufficient concentrations for efficient extraction only in sugarcane and sugar bee.  Sugar has been produced in the Indian subcontinent[6] since ancient times. It was not plentiful or cheap in early times and honey was more often used for sweetening in most parts of the world.

There are several types of sugar produced in India, Brazil and other parts of the world.  Some of the well-known types are ICUMSA – 45, ICUMSA 100.


Sugar is found in many fruits like Apple, Banana, Grapes etc.  There are several types of sugar like white, brown, refined,  unrefined and so on.

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