Are glucose and fructose metabolized differently?

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Glucose and fructose may both be sugars, but your body has a much easier and more productive time with glucose. When you eat the starchy or sweet foods that contain glucose (like pasta, fruits, bread, potatoes, rice, vegetables and much more), your body is able to send it directly down your bloodstream to provide energy to your cells.

Fructose is not so fast. Rather than being sent through the body straight away to be used as energy, it has to first be metabolized by the liver. That’s not necessarily a bad thing, though, as fructose occurs naturally in some foods, like fruits. However, when you eat too many sugary and sugar-added foods, including processed food, sodas, etc., more fructose needs to be metabolized than expected and the liver gets overloaded.

When too much fructose is arriving at your liver, it is more likely to be stored as fat than used as energy. Obviously, this results in weight gain, but it can also lead to lower insulin efficiency and higher insulin resistance, which in turn can cause a host of negative effects on your health, even leading to heart disease, cancer, diabetes and stroke.

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