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Is Glucose Organic or Inorganic?

author image Nadia Haris
Nadia Haris is a registered radiation therapist who has been writing about nutrition for more than six years. She is completing her Master of Science in nutrition with a focus on the dietary needs of oncology patients.
Is Glucose Organic or Inorganic?
Glucose is a simple sugar and the smallest unit of most carbohydrates. Photo Credit: graletta/iStock/Getty Images

Glucose is one of smallest units of carbohydrates and the primary energy source for your body. Every carbohydrate in your diet is digested and broken down to this simple sugar, which your body can easily burn for energy. Like many of the molecules in your body, glucose is an organic molecule.

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Organic Compounds

One way to determine if a molecule is organic or inorganic is to look at its molecular formula. With some rare exceptions, organic molecules contain carbon atoms that are typically linked to hydrogen, oxygen or nitrogen atoms. Glucose contains six carbon atoms, 12 hydrogen atoms and six oxygen atoms, which makes it and any other carbohydrate an organic compound.

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