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Why does fructose reduce Fehling 's solution ?

Asked by Santhoshini V.(student) , on 22/1/13

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An aqueous solution of copper sulphate, sodium hydroxide, potassium sodium tartarate is called the Fehling’s reagent.

Fehling’s reagent is used for reducing sugars and not specific for aldehydes.

Fructose is a reducing sugar with one free ketone group. It reduces Fehling’s solution giving brick red precipitate.

Fructose under alkaline condition converted to glucose and mannose by keto-enol tautomerism giving positive to Fehling’s solution.

Posted by Priya G Non 23/1/13

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  fructose gives a positive test with Fehling 's solution , because fructose is converted to glucose and mannose under alkaline conditions. The conversion can be explained by the keto-enol tautomerism. 

Fig. 3: Conversion of fructose to glucose and mannose

The reduction of Fehling solution using fructose is not only to be attributed to the fact that the ketose is isomerized into an aldose. The treatment of fructose with alkali - e.g. Fehling solution - causes even decompostion of the carbon chain. More products with reducing capability are formed. 


Fig. 4: Decomposition of fructose

Posted by Abhinav Kumar(student)on 22/1/13

 it so because fructose has one free ketone group in its structure....... so it can reduce fehling 's solution...

Posted by Vinod Sharma(parent)on 23/1/13

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