Fructose: Friend Or Foe ?

 

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By Javier Gonzalez in The Conversation.

 

Fructose has been getting a bad rap lately. Although consuming too much can be bad for your health, those who exercise seem to be protected against some of fructose’s negative health effects. And growing evidence suggests that fructose can help athletes recover after exercise.

Fructose and glucose are the two carbohydrates that make up table sugar. Although fructose has largely been blamed for many of the negative health effects of sugar, it has some useful roles in the body.

Most of the glucose we consume ends up in our muscles where it is either stored in a form called glycogen or burned as a fuel. But fructose is mainly metabolised by the liver because muscle cannot easily use fructose as a fuel, and this special metabolism is thought to lead to some of its negative health effects.

 

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