Useful For: The presence of reducing substances is useful in the diagnosis of abnormalities in carbohydrate metabolism, i.e., sucrose and lactase. The unabsorbed sugars in stool are measured as reducing substances.
Methodology: Benedict’s solution
Specimen Requirements: Collect 5.0-10.0 gm of fresh stool in a plastic, leakproof container. Refrigerate specimen after collection. Maintain sterility and forward promptly.
Analytical Time: 2 days
Days Set Up: Monday through Friday