- Saccharose is the main component of table sugar.
- It is characterized by its characteristic sweet smell and taste.
- It is widely used in both food and pharmaceutical industries.
Saccharose is a chemical known primarily as the main ingredient in food sugar, and in the general consciousness of consumers is often equated with it. It is a disaccharide classified as a simple sugar.
The product comes in the form of white homogeneous granular crystals, without clumps or lumps, with the characteristic sweet smell and taste of sugar. Read on to learn more about Saccharose and its applications in the pharmaceutical and food industries!
What is Saccharose?
Saccharose is a disaccharide and consists of a glucose molecule and a fructose molecule. Among other things, it is naturally found in many vegetables, fruits and grains. It is also one of the most popular substances used to sweeten baked goods, beverages and other products. About 99.5% of white sugar consists precisely of Saccharose.
Where is Saccharose found?
Table sugar is not the only product in which we encounter Saccharose on a daily basis. Although it is primarily produced from sugar cane and sugar beets, it is also present in other plants such as tangerines, pineapples, apricots, corn, peas and beans. Saccharose is also an important additive in food and drug production. Among other things, it is found in large quantities in many types of breakfast cereals.
Production and distribution
Saccharose is most often produced from sugar beets and sugar cane. The product offered by Foodcom is intended for direct consumption as a food additive or as a raw material for further processing.
Sugar’s ability to form crystals is often used in the confectionery industry to decorate baked goods. In addition to the food industry, Saccharose is used in the cosmetics industry as an ingredient in transparent soaps containing glycerin, exfoliants and in hair removal products.
Properties of Saccharose
Saccharose, as a substance in the group of simple carbohydrates, is quickly digested by the human body and is a readily available source of energy. Consumption of Saccharose provides the body with a significant amount of energy in a short period of time, but the amount of energy decreases just as quickly.
Excess Saccharose in the diet is harmful to humans and can lead to disease, so it is definitely important to exercise moderation. Properly stored Saccharose has no shelf life. The product should be stored in a dry and cool place, protected from pests, at a temperature higher than 10°C.
Saccharose applications in the food industry
Saccharose is valued primarily for its sweetening properties, which makes it widely and readily used in the food industry. It has been widely used as a sweetener in Europe since the mid-1800s.
Saccharose is used in baked goods, beverages, candy, ice cream, toppings, desserts or breakfast cereals, among other applications.
Saccharose applications in the pharmaceutical industry
Although primarily known for its sweetening properties, Saccharose is a valued substance used in the pharmaceutical industry for a variety of purposes. Saccharose-based pharmaceutical excipients are used in drugs, medicinal products, dietary supplements and wellness and beauty products, among others.
Substances in this group serve a variety of functions, including acting as a binder, filler, coating material or anti-adhesion agent. Some pharmaceutical manufacturers also use Saccharose to impart a sweet taste to products.
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