Friday, 13 July 2007

Maybe sugar's only half bad -- the Fructose half

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How much do you know about sugar? I consider myself somewhat of an expert in the field of eating sugar (particularly in chocolate form) but admittedly, I don't know that much about it.

What we know as sugar is actually comprised of two sweeteners: Glucose and Fructose. Glucose is the fuel that your body runs on, so in a way, it's good for you. Fructose, on the other hand, is the dark side of sugar, so to speak. As WebMD points out, in a study using volunteers, half of which consumed Glucose-sweetened drinks and half of which consumed fructose-sweetened drinks, the Fructose drinkers were shown to be at greater risk for heart disease than the glucose-drinkers. However, people in both groups gained about the same amount of weight, so it goes to show that any sort of sugar is bad for those trying to lose weight.

I wonder -- can you purchase glucose-only sugars? Or does it always come with Fructose?

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