Top 10 Foods Highest in Galactose

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Top 10 Foods Highest in Galactose

Galactose is a simple monosaccharide sugar naturally occurring in milk. Joined with glucose, it forms lactose, the principal sugar in milk and dairy foods.

Galactose is important in early human development and plays a key role in our metabolism, even as adults. (1)

Compared with glucose and fructose, galactose is not found in high quantities in any food.

Foods high in galactose include milk-based puddings, sweetened yogurt, cherries, honey, celery, kiwifruit, hamburgers (with condiments), plums, low-fat mozzarella, and avocados.

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Data Sources and References

  1. ISSELBACHER KJ, ANDERSON EP, KURAHASHI K, KALCKAR HM. Galactose metabolism and health Science. 1956 Apr 13;123(3198):635-6. doi: 10.1126/science.123.3198.635. 13311516
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