Sucrose is dextrorotatory but the mixture obtained after hydrolysis is laevorotatory. Explain.
Sucrose is dextrorotatory in its aqueous solution and rotates plane-polarized light entering the solution 66.5° to the right. When sucrose is hydrolysed with dilute acids or
invertase enzyme, it gives two products in equimolar concentration, dextrorotatory D-(+)-glucose and laevorotatory D-(-)-fructose. Thus, hydrolysis of sucrose brings
about a change in the sign of rotation, from Dextro (+) to laevo (–). So the hydrolysed mixture is laevorotatory.