Reducing sugar-based sulfide scavengers and methods of use in subterranean operations

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Improved methods and additives for eliminating or reducing concentrations of hydrogen sulfide or soluble sulfide ions for use in subterranean formations and fluids are provided. In one embodiment, the methods comprise: providing a treatment fluid comprising a base liquid and a sulfide scavenging additive comprising one or more reducing sugars; introducing the treatment fluid into at least a portion of a subterranean formation; and allowing at least a portion of the sulfide scavenging additive to interact with hydrogen sulfide or sulfide ions present in the treatment fluid to produce a precipitate comprising one or more sulfur species.

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