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Enzymatic reaction between sucrose (yellow) and sucrase (purple) yielding glucose (orange) and fructose (pink)
An enzyme secreted by the small Intestine which breaks down sucrose (ordinary "table" sugar), a disaccharide, into glucose and fructose, both monosaccharides, so that these simple sugars can be easily absorbed through the walls of the small intestine during digestion.

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