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Posted by: PCUK-Positive, Wednesday, June 23, 2010, 10:11am
How much fructose is in quinoa?

Is it a high or low level?

I can't seem to find this out.

feel free to ask any specifics about other foods re fructose. all useful Thanks

Posted by: Possum, Wednesday, June 23, 2010, 10:15am; Reply: 1
Hmm maybe if no one on here knows, it might be better to ask this question on the frustose malabsorption site?
Posted by: Munchkin76, Wednesday, June 23, 2010, 10:28am; Reply: 2
PC, I don't know personally but just looked up the nutritional data for cooked quinoa and it inidicates no sugar content (including fructose) - if you click the more details tab under carbohydrates box it lists the different sugar types.  Here's the link if it's of interest:

http://www.nutritiondata.com/facts/cereal-grains-and-pasta/10352/2
Posted by: Possum, Wednesday, June 23, 2010, 10:53am; Reply: 3
Great link Munchkin... ;)
Posted by: Munchkin76, Wednesday, June 23, 2010, 11:16am; Reply: 4
Mon plaisir!
Posted by: PCUK-Positive, Wednesday, June 23, 2010, 12:37pm; Reply: 5
Thanks i was using that site but was looking for it using a fructose section so that would explain why it didn't show up.


I am a little confused though. Carbs and sugar? i though all carbs were sugars or was that an over simplification. maybe i was thinking about yeasts and carbs.

if yeasts can live off carbs there must be sugars in them  - isn't that right? God i think i have read so much recently that i have forgotten what i used to know.

on the net, looking through swami, reading Dr D's book on Diabetes (all at the same time) lol
Posted by: Tea Rose, Wednesday, June 23, 2010, 12:40pm; Reply: 6
I went to Answers.com and got this info:

Quinoa (Chenopodium quinoa)
Quinoa is also used by some people as a substitute for wheat, especially those
on a ... Quinoa flour was found to contain (by dry weight) protein (16%), ...
and a low content of glucose (19.0mg/100g) and fructose (19.6mg/100g). ...
Although quinoa is high in protein content, it alone does not have enough
protein to ...
http://www.naturalstandard.com/monographs/ herbssupplements/quinoa.asp

Here is the link where I found it:
http://www.answers.com/main/ntquery?s=does+quinoa+contain+any+fructose%3F&gwp=13

Go down past the ads to see the entry.

Tea Rose
Posted by: PCUK-Positive, Wednesday, June 23, 2010, 12:50pm; Reply: 7
thanks tea rose i was looking at the data and realised that the percentages didn't add up to 100 and that the sugar content was not 0 but left blank.

that helps a lot thanks
Posted by: PCUK-Positive, Wednesday, June 23, 2010, 12:54pm; Reply: 8
can't seems o get the answers from that link, looks like i have to join or something.
Posted by: Tea Rose, Wednesday, June 23, 2010, 1:01pm; Reply: 9
Yes, I see what you mean....I couldn't either, but at least we got this info: a low content of glucose (19.0mg/100g) and fructose (19.6mg/100g).  I couldn't even find that much anywhere else.
Posted by: Munchkin76, Wednesday, June 23, 2010, 1:02pm; Reply: 10
Thanks for clearing this up Tea Rose and PC - that site I posted is very naughty for not painting the full picture  >:(
Posted by: PCUK-Positive, Wednesday, June 23, 2010, 1:10pm; Reply: 11
It's very useful as due to the similar levels of the sugars it is suitable for peolle who appear to have or actually have FM. i.e the ratio to glucose and fructose are even ish. thanks again

so it is now back on Emily's list of foods, although not at too high a level. another good day.
Posted by: ruthiegirl, Wednesday, June 23, 2010, 6:42pm; Reply: 12
Quoted from PCUK-Positive
I am a little confused though. Carbs and sugar? i though all carbs were sugars or was that an over simplification.


Carbs are all hydrocarbons, made up of sugar molecules. Think of a sugar molecule as a bead, and a carbohydrate is either one bead or a string of beads. Technically, all carbs are sugars, although nutritionists define carbs based on the number of sugar molecules (beads) strung together into a single carb molecule and how they act in the human GI tract.

"Sugars" are simple carbohydrates, with one or two "beads" on the link. They're absorbed very quickly in the human gut, leading to blood sugar spikes. Fructose, glucose, and sucrose are 3 kinds of sugars.

"Starches" are more complex carbohydrates (longer strings of beads) that take longer to digest, and lead to more stable blood sugar after consumption. Grains have a lot of starch in them.

"Fiber" is complex carbohydrates (longer strings of beads) that our bodies don't have the enzymes to digest.  These pass  through the body intact.  Fiber helps "move things along" in the  GI tract but don't provide any calories or nutrition. THe presence of fiber helps you feel full and slows the absorption of other foods, also leading to more stable blood sugar.

CArbohydrate digestion can become very complex- certain starches digest faster than others, and break down into different kinds of sugars. If you're trying to minimize fructose consumption, then you probably also want to minimize consumption of starches that break down into fructose.
Posted by: TJ, Wednesday, June 23, 2010, 7:14pm; Reply: 13
Personally I haven't had trouble with quinoa, but I alternate it with rice, and I don't eat large amounts.
Posted by: JJR, Wednesday, June 23, 2010, 7:57pm; Reply: 14
I eat it like it's going out of style.   ;D
Posted by: Debra+, Thursday, June 24, 2010, 12:33am; Reply: 15
I eat a fair amount of quinoa also.  Like basmati rice...it makes my tummy feel wonderful.  

Debra :)
Posted by: Lola, Thursday, June 24, 2010, 12:46am; Reply: 16
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Posted by: PCUK-Positive, Thursday, June 24, 2010, 10:03am; Reply: 17
read the diabetic book yesterday - very good - makes a lot of sense now.

re carbohydrate intolerance if fructose needs glucose to help absorption. is fructose actually the problem after all. or is FM just a symptom of carbohydrate intolerance.

and Odema i never realised that was an issue - so obvious now.

again everybody should buy this book.
Posted by: Possum, Thursday, June 24, 2010, 10:53am; Reply: 18
Quoted from PCUK-Positive
read the diabetic book yesterday - very good - makes a lot of sense now.

re carbohydrate intolerance if fructose needs glucose to help absorption. is fructose actually the problem after all. or is FM just a symptom of carbohydrate intolerance.

and Odema i never realised that was an issue - so obvious now. again everybody should buy this book.
I too regard FM as some sort of a carb intolerance... with some ppl being worse effected than others... ??) I was reading that tapioca flour was a viablility...well not for me!!! I gained a kg in fluid retention just like that... from two attempts...:o

Posted by: Possum, Thursday, June 24, 2010, 10:54am; Reply: 19
Hey Ruthiegirl...as always, you have an amazingly clear way of explaining things!!!! ;)
Posted by: PCUK-Positive, Thursday, June 24, 2010, 11:15am; Reply: 20
possum - in the diabetic book for O's one of the variations due to non secretor status is to avoid buckwheat, oats, soba noodles (100 buckwheat) soy flour/products, spelt (whole) spelt flour/products and TAPIOCA!  Page 52
Posted by: Possum, Thursday, June 24, 2010, 11:47am; Reply: 21
That'd be right!!!Cheers!!!
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