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Disaccharides are compound Sugars where two simple Sugar molecules make up the Sugar.

SucroseMaltose and Lactose are all Disaccharides, or compound sugars. The simple sugars, or Monosaccharides, are GalactoseGlucose and Fructose.  Complex Sugars use simple sugars as their building blocks. 


Sucrose = Fructose + Glucose

Maltose  = Glucose + Glucose

Lactose  = Galactose + Glucose