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I am currently working on a Master's Degree in Nutrition and requirements for Registered Dietician R.D. I plan to run my first full marathon in 2009. This blog is about everything I learn, eat, and do along the way. Cheers!

Thursday, September 25, 2008

Glucose and Free Ice Cream aka Lactose

In plants, glucose is synthesized from carbon dioxide and water by photosynthesis and stored as starch or used to synthesize the cellulose ( aka fiber) of the plant cell walls.

Animals can synthesize carbohydrates from amino acids but most animal carbohydrate is derived ultimately from plants.
Glucose is the most important carbohydrate; most dietary carbohydrate is absorbed through the blood as glucose, and other sugars are converted to glucose in the liver. It is the precursor to all other carbohydrates in the body..i.e glycogen for storage, ribose in nucleic acids, galactose in lactose of milk..
(for my research project for this class....) Diseases associated with carbohydrate metabolism include diabetes mellitus, galactosemia, glycogen storage disease, and lactose intolerance.
from our Text Harpers Biochemistry 27th Edition

** How cool is this, my prof. told me in class that cavemen millions of years ago did not have the enzyme lactase to digest milk products. The gene and enzyme was developed over/throughout centuries so that man could digest milk. However, some people never developed it based on their ancestors not having it- hence the reason why people today are still lactose intolerant.

Speaking of glucose and lactose... My best friend is executive director of Make a Wish chapter here where we live... They have an annual fundraiser at COLD STONE CREAMERY!

Two flavors designed by two wish children are FREE at participating (most) Cold Stone Creamery locations from 5-8 pm today only! GO GET FREE LACTOSE!

Celebrate the 7th Annual World’s Largest Ice Cream Social and Support the Make-A-Wish Foundation® with Cold Stone Creamery!

Don’t miss the 7th Annual World’s Largest Ice Cream Social at participating Cold Stone Creamery locations nationwide, a special night to join together and share the simple pleasures of life with a FREE ice cream and family fun. On September 25th from 5:00 - 8:00PM, guests will be treated to a 3 oz. serving of Jack or Emily's Creation. Donations will benefit the Make-A-Wish Foundation.
Be sure to visit your local Cold Stone Creamery to try two new flavors, Nutter Butter® and Marshmallow, and the very special “Make-A-Wish Creations” inspired by Jack and Emily, two Wish Children.
· Jack's Creation - Marshmallow ice cream with OREO® Cookies, Chocolate Chips and Fudge
· Emily's Creation - Nutter Butter® ice cream with White Chocolate Chips, Kit Kat® and Yellow Cake