Glucose, Fructose and Sucrose: What’s the Difference Between These Sugars … and Which is the Worst for Your Health?

sugar intakeThe sugar in your soda and other favorite sugary treats may all go down sweetly, but a groundbreaking new study found they act very differently once in your body.

The three main types of sugar in question are:

  1. Glucose: made when your body breaks down starches
  1. Fructose: the sugar found naturally in fruits and widely used in the form of high-fructose corn syrup
  1. Sucrose: table sugar

Researchers from the University of California, Davis compared glucose and fructose consumption among 32 overweight or obese people and found they resulted in very different health changes.

After drinking either a fructose- or glucose-sweetened beverage that made up 25 percent of their daily calories for 12 weeks, both groups gained a similar amount of weight.

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