Why is this 'table sugar' rather than just 'sugar'? Bugler 08:13, 30 November 2008 (EST)
- I can guess why. The substance known as "table sugar" is specifically sucrose, and more specifically refined sucrose. "Sugar" is a generic term that can include any mono- or disaccharide. (A polysaccharide is one of three things: "starch", "cellulose", or glycogen.)
- I would also surmise that the editor is trying to make a point that refined sugar added at table, or even used in cooking, is deleterious to a person's health in ways that only recently anyone has thought of.
- And while I'm on the subject, I am inclined to agree.--TerryHTalk 08:19, 30 November 2008 (EST)
- Thanks Terry. The term was new to me. Bugler 08:21, 30 November 2008 (EST)
Contents vs. composition
- Sugar is sweet because it contains sucrose (C12H22O11)
Or is sugar nothing more or less than sucrose?
Think of Aspirin. What does it contain? A tablet of aspirin "contains" a trace of other ingredients to keep it in tablet form and so on. But aspirin does not "contain" acetylsalicylic acid. It "is" acetylsalicylic acid. This should be in the Guidelines. --Ed Poor Talk 10:39, 4 February 2009 (EST)