Plants exposed to sunlight undergo photo-synthesis, a process in which fructan, a type of sugar, is produced. Fructan is necessary for plant growth. Along with sunlight, growth also requires certain temperatures, water, and nutrients. If these factors are not sufficiently present, the fructan is stored in the plant until it can be used at a later time.
Even low levels of fructans cars hyperinsulinaemia in laminitis prone ponies with EMA and PPID and overload of fructans can cause laminitis in any horse.« Back to Glossary Index