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Why does sugar cause apples to rot faster?


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Marchetta,

Sugar is what makes the apple taste sweet, but is also "food" for the fermentation process. Anabolic (without oxygen) fermentation results in the production of alcohol or acid, which then starts destroying all of the cells. Alcohol does this in the same manner to the cells in your mouth when you use alcohol based mouthwash. Fermentation is a great process and without it, apple cider, beer, wine and liquor would not be made the way they are made today. The apple rots because the fermentation is not controlled, otherwise you would end up with apple cider. If you want to learn more about fermentation, you can go to this site:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fermentation_%28food%29#Fermentation_vs._putrefaction.2Francidification

Matt Voss



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