A CARBOHYDRATE DERIVED FROM NATURE
>> The chemistry
The disaccharide Lactulose does not occur in nature but is an isomerisation product from lactose (galacto-glucose), a natural component of milk. Lactulose is the ketotic analogue of milk sugar (lactose) and consists of the two monosaccharides galactose and fructose.
Fig. Chemical structure of Lactulose
>> Characteristics of Lactulose
Lactulose cannot be split by human enzymes present in the gut. Therefore it passes the stomach and small intestine and reaches the colon unchanged. The production process for Lactulose was developed in our laboratories researching carbohydrates, and was patented in 1969.
Fig. Patents of Lactulose production process