What is Fructose Intolerance? Information about the Symptoms, Tests, Diet and Treatment Options

Fructose intolerance refers to both hereditary fructose intolerance and fructose malabsorption. Fructose malabsorption is a condition in which intestinal cells needed to absorb the fructose are deficient. Previously, fructose malabsorption was incorrectly referred to as fructose intolerance. Hereditary fructose intolerance results in an inability of the body to digest fructose, because the appropriate liver enzymes are not able to break down fruit sugar. Read the rest of this entry »

Effects of Fructose on Diabetes

Healthy body functions require an adequate amount of glucose circulating in the blood. However, a chronic elevation in blood glucose level can lead to diabetes. Diabetes is a is a chronic disease in which an individual has high blood glucose levels, either because cells dont respond to the insulin that is produced, or because the body doesn’t produce enough insulin. Read the rest of this entry »

What is Fructose Malabsorption? Information about the Symptoms, Tests, Diet and Treatment Options

Fructose malabsorption, previously known as dietary fructose intolerance (DFI), is a case where absorption of fruit sugar is impaired due to deficiency of fructose carriers in the small intestines. This mainly results in fructose accumulating around the intestine to a high concentration. In normal circumstances, a human intestine can absorb about 25-50 g of fructose per meal or fruit intake. Therefore these who are unable to absorb 25 g of fructose per sitting are taken to suffer from fructose malabsorption. Read the rest of this entry »

What is Fructose Metabolism?

The hepatic metabolism of fructose, also known as fructolysis, has important effects on both glucose and lipid metabolism. Although metabolism of fructose through fructolysis uses many of the same enzymes as the metabolism of glucose through glycolysis, the two sugars have very different metabolic fates in human metabolism. Read the rest of this entry »

What is Fructose?

Fructose, also known as fruit sugarlevulose, and laevulose, is a simple monosaccharide which the body can use for energy. It is often found in combination with glucose as the disaccharide sucrose (table sugar), a readily transportable and mobilizable sugar that is stored in the cells of many plants, such as sugar beets and sugarcane. In animals, fructose may also be utilized as an energy source, and phosphate derivatives of fructose participate in carbohydrate metabolism. Read the rest of this entry »