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How does lactic acid react in the body

Commented on January 20, 2014
Created January 18, 2014 at 8:20 PM

The lactic acid I'm referring to is the type that's converted from lactose when you ferment dairy for long periods of time. From what I've read, lactic acid has about 3.6 calories per gram (as apposed to 3.9 for lactose) but I don't know how your body uses it. Does it react as a carbohydrate, a fat, or something else?

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i don't profess to understand the relationship between lactic acid and lactate, other than they kinda sound similar.

but this may be of interest on the lactate topic, MDA did a post which also talked about the brain 'running on' lactate, Here, ref links are included in the article as well (search for lactate)

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So if I understand it correctly, under normal circumstances it is converted to pyruvate, then to glucose, and stored as glycogen?

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Lactate finds its way back to the citric acid cycle via pyruvate. Google Citric Acid Cycle and Cori Cycle.

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So if I understand it correctly, under normal circumstances it is converted to pyruvate, then to glucose, and stored as glycogen?

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