Chemistry Question #2181

Stephen Leece, a 20 year old male from London asks on July 20, 2004,

I am currently researching how sugar (sucrose) reacts with various chemicals. I am particularly interested in whether any chemicals react with sugar to give off foul smells. Any help on this matter will be greatly appreciated.

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The answer

Barry Shell answered on February 28, 2007

Extra information about sugar chemistry:
Wikipedia sugar entry
Karl Harrison's 3D chem site

Reg Mitchell answered on July 26, 2004

Concentrated sulfuric acid dehydrates sugar, and at the same time oxidizes it producing some smelly sulfur dioxide, but there are easier ways to make that. So, there's no particular chemical (that comes to mind) that reacts with sugar to give off foul smells.

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