What Are the Products of Photosynthesis?

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The products of photosynthesis are glucose and oxygen. Photosynthesis takes in carbon dioxide and water and combine them in the presence of energy from the sun to make food for the organism.

Photosynthesis occurs in membrane-bound structures called the chloroplasts. The main product of photosynthesis is glucose, which is the molecule that produces energy to run the processes of the cell. Oxygen is mainly a byproduct of the process of photosynthesis. Six molecules of carbon dioxide and six molecules of water are needed to produce one molecule of glucose. Glucose is a carbohydrate, a compound made of carbon, hydrogen and oxygen. The energy in glucose can be used by the cells through the process of oxidation performed in the mitochondrion, another membrane-bound structure within the cell.