fructose

noun
fruc·tose | \ˈfrək-ˌtōs, ˈfrük-, ˈfru̇k-, -ˌtōz \

Definition of fructose 

1 : a crystalline sugar C6H12O6 sweeter and more soluble than glucose

2 : the very sweet levorotatory d-form of fructose that occurs especially in fruit juices and honey

called also fruit sugar, levulose

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Because allulose is essentially dietary fiber made from converted corn fructose, the body doesn’t effectively break down the ingredient. Jean Nick, Good Housekeeping, "How Safe Is The Newest "Natural" Sugar Substitute?," 16 Sep. 2015 The fructose-enriching aspects of herbicides may make sweetcorn even sweeter, but that could be detrimental to health because fructose is increasingly being implicated in a number of illnesses, such as fatty-liver disease and diabetes. The Economist, "For better or worseSpraying herbicides changes the flavour and nutritional value of crops," 1 Mar. 2018 Though fructose is usually toxic, people metabolize it in the kidney and liver. Rachel Brown, National Geographic, "This Surprising Rodent Can Survive 18 Minutes Without Oxygen," 20 Apr. 2017 Roughly half of the calories in bananas come from equal amounts of glucose and fructose, and will be quickly absorbed. Tom Taylor, SI.com, "The Best Energy Gels and Bars for Running and Endurance Training," 16 Aug. 2017 But still, fruit (even whole or dried) breaks down into two types of sugar: glucose and fructose. Elizabeth Varnell, Vogue, "The Healthiest Way to Make Your Morning Juice—Hold the Sugar," 15 July 2017 Though fructose is usually toxic, people metabolize it in the kidney and liver. Rachel Brown, National Geographic, "This Surprising Rodent Can Survive 18 Minutes Without Oxygen," 20 Apr. 2017 Another study found that consumption of drinks sweetened with sucrose and fructose can lead to weight gain, cardiovascular disease and type 2 diabetes. Bradley J. Fikes, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Sugar substitute erythritol linked to belly fat, weight gain," 13 May 2017 Normally, anoxia causes a buildup of fructose that damages tissue, but the naked mole rat is able to convert that buildup into useable fuel. Rachel Brown, National Geographic, "This Surprising Rodent Can Survive 18 Minutes Without Oxygen," 20 Apr. 2017

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First Known Use of fructose

circa 1864, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for fructose

International Scientific Vocabulary fruct- (from Latin fructus fruit) + -ose entry 2

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fructose

noun

English Language Learners Definition of fructose

: a very sweet kind of sugar that is found in fruit juices and honey

fructose

noun
fruc·tose | \ˈfrək-ˌtōs, ˈfrük-, ˈfru̇k-, -ˌtōz\

Medical Definition of fructose 

1 : an optically active sugar C6H12O6 that differs from glucose in having a ketonic rather than an aldehydic carbonyl group

2 : the very sweet soluble levorotatory D-form of fructose that occurs especially in fruit juices and honey

called also levulose

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