Starting with A for "ACE inhibitor" and continuing through to Y for "Yolk Sac Tumour", we give you succinct explanations for scientific and medical terms in clear and simple words.
- Fructosealso known as fruit sugar or laevulose
Fructose is a monosaccharide which contains six carbon atoms. It is the sweetest natural sugar and occurs in sweet fruits and in honey and as a component of, for example, saccharose. In contrast to glucose, the cellular uptake of fructose is independent of insulin, so that up to 30 g fructose per day can be metabolised, even in severe cases of type 2 diabetes or type 1 diabetes. Fructose is therefore suitable as a sweetener for diabetics.
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