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Fructose Malabsorption is Less Prevalent in Obese Children

by mbaker on April 30, 2013

Researchers in Germany studied 628 children for the prevalence of fructose malabsorption as it related to obesity.  Out of this group 48% were identified as having fructose malabsorption by the hydrogen breath test.  Interestingly, obese children had a significantly lower incidence of fructose malabsorption as compared to normal weight children.  It may be that the ability to eat fructose, which is found in many high calorie foods, contributes to obesity.  Conversely normal weight children having a lower ability to absorb fructose tend to eat less high calorie foods.

Ref: Pediatr Obes 2013 April 29

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