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What Produces Sugar Glucose Literally Out of Thin Air?

Glucose Is the Building Block Of All Plant Life.
Most of the glucose molecules in plants and trees are connected by unbreakable beta bonds that form the structural material for leaves, branches, and roots. However, the glucose molecules in starch are linked together by weak alpha bonds. These are easy for the enzymes of plants and animals to break and provide a ready source of energy.

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Plants manufacture glucose literally out of thin air. They combine carbon dioxide from the air with water from the soil using energy from sunlight. Both plants and animals transform some glucose to fructose, a sugar that is very similar to glucose except for a different arrangement of atoms.

Plants also produce the sugar sucrose, a double molecule consisting of one glucose molecule linked to one fructose molecule. Cane sugar, the kind of sugar we use to sweeten our coffee and tea, is pure sucrose. The digestive tract breaks down sucrose into glucose and fructose before it is absorbed…