Nutritional Articles

Comparison of the effects of fructose and glucose supplementation on metabolic responses in resting and exercising horses

Published: 2004-10-18

Brief content of the article
The authors compared the effects of two different carbohydrate sources (fructose and glucose) on the metabolic responses in resting and exercising horses. Main conclusion of this study was that plasma glucose concentrations were elevated during the simulated endurance exercise after glucose feeding, and no counter-regulation by insulin occurred. The higher glycaemic response might be beneficial as exogenous glucose can be used as an energetic substrate during prolonged exercise. Fructose exhibited no clear advantages in comparison with glucose as a carbohydrate source for exercising horses.
Keywords: energy; carbohydrates; endurance; endurance; free fatty acids.

Reference
Vervuert, I., Coenen, M., Bichmann, M. 2004. Comparison of the effects of fructose and glucose supplementation on metabolic responses in resting and exercising horses. J. Vet. Med. 51: 171-177

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