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Keywords:

  • carbohydrates;
  • L-glucose;
  • organic synthesis;
  • rare sugars

Abstract

The scarcity and expense of access to L-sugars and other rare sugars have prevented the exploitation of their biological potential; for example D-psicose, only recently available, has been recognized as an important new food. Here we give the definitive and cheap synthesis of 99.4% pure L-glucose from D-glucose which requires purification of neither intermediates nor final product other than extraction into and removal of solvents; a simple crystallization will raise the purity to >99.8%.