Dextrose (d-glucose, corn sugar, starch sugar, blood sugar, grape sugar) is by far the most abundant sugar in nature. It occurs either in the free state (monosaccharide form) or chemically linked with other sugar moieties. In the free

Table 1. Production and Pricing of Starch-Based Sweeteners by Country


Glucose syrups

Maltose syrups

Crystalline glucose

Fructose-glucose syrup


Anhydrous Total sugar

Production 3200

Production 2200a'6



Diabetes 2

Diabetes 2

Diabetes is a disease that affects the way your body uses food. Normally, your body converts sugars, starches and other foods into a form of sugar called glucose. Your body uses glucose for fuel. The cells receive the glucose through the bloodstream. They then use insulin a hormone made by the pancreas to absorb the glucose, convert it into energy, and either use it or store it for later use. Learn more...

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