.. First, are the sugar molecules enclosed within cells, as opposed to floating around freely?...Second, are we talking about mono-saccharides or long saccharide chains....In the case you discuss, it's the first point that would have made the big difference between watermelon and soda.
High Seas wrote:
So would the second point: sugar in soda contains polysaccharides..
Granted, what you say is technically
true because you are hedging it with the word "contains". But it's misleading for two reasons:
(1) In America today, the lion's share of sugar in sodas comes from fructose, which in turn comes from high-fructose corn syrup. Fructose is a monosaccharide
(2) I explicitly talked about long
saccharide chains. The longest polysacccharide that sodas contain in nontrivial quantities is succhrose, a disaccharide. Far from being the "long saccharide chains" I talked about, disaccharides are as short as saccharide chains can get and still be chains. (They consist of two saccharides, as the prefix "di" indicates.) To suggest that glucose is covered under my second point is a stretch---figuratively and