This Super-Explanatory Infographic Shows Just How Complex Sugar Really Is

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In his new book, Knowledge Is Beautiful, David McCandless presents data in ways that are visually striking. He focuses heavily on food, illustrating the kinds of fats (saturated, poly-saturated, mono-saturated, and trans) found in various nuts and oils and offering a guide to smart sandwich pairings.

Perhaps the most compelling infographic in the book is the one that lays out just how complicated various forms of sugar are. What exactly are dextrose, trehalose, or maltitol? Which sugars are bad for diets, cooking, and teeth? How sweet is each one compared to plain old table sugar? Take a look:

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