How is sugar digested in the body?

As food makes its way through our bodies it goes through a series of changes so we’re able to digest it more effectively and extract the nutrients and fuel needed to nourish our body’s cells.

When we eat foods that contain carbohydrates the body needs to break these down into simple monosaccharide units for the body to utilise.

Sucrose is broken down into the monosaccharides called glucose and fructose, which are transported through the wall of the small intestine and then into the portal vein and the liver. 

Both glucose and fructose are absorbed relatively quickly, depending on the other nutrients that are eaten at the same time. 

Learn more about how sugars are digested here


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