Fructose

What is Fructose?

Fructose is the sugar from fruit, although it is also available in other products like honey.

Unlike table sugar, fructose barely increases the insulin levels. In other words, it does not alter the blood glucose, which is why it is used as sweetener by diabetic or obese people.Once absorbed, fructose goes to the liver where it is transformed into glucose or stored as glycogen.

When compared to glucose, fructose has a lower glycemic response, since it has a very low glycemic index (GI). Therefore, using fructose instead of sucrose or starch can be beneficial because it does not increase the blood glucose levels as much as they do.

A lower glycemic response can be good for those who suffer glucose tolerance disorders (high glucose levels) or those who want to lose weight.

Moreover, it is a very interesting carbohydrate for athletes who have very intense or long workouts due to the increase in hepatic glycogen and its absorption by other transporters.

It does not increase the blood sugar levels as much as other simple carbohydrates. However, like glucose and sucrose, it is a simple sugar that provides 4Kcal per gram and nothing but energy. That is why taking too much glucose, fructose or sucrose will have the same effect on the body: a positive calorie balance, metabolic alterations and weight gain.

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Advantages of fructose

  • It is an important source of energy for the human body
  • Fructose does not increase the blood sugar levels like other simple sugars
  • Diabetic people tend to use it to replace sugar
  • Fructose sweetens more than white or refined sugar and it provides 4 kilocalories per gram
  • It is metabolized and stored in the liver as glycogen and it is used when we need to make a physical effort

Fructose and sport

The fatigue that we experience during a long workout is due, among other things, to a carbohydrate deficiency. Taking carbohydrates during the workout will keep the glucose levels stable, avoiding hypoglycemia and ensuring the use of carbs to produce energy.

For instance, a sport drink that combines a 4% of glucose and a 4% of fructose has a better absorption rate than a drink with an 8% of glucose.

Fructose will be beneficial specially for athletes, when we want to replace other simple sugars with a high GI (always in low amounts) or to sweeten our meals.

Where can I buy fructose?

In HSN, you will find fructose supplements for athletes, either Fructose powder by HSNraw or Evocarbs by HSNsports. The latter is a ready to mix powder for athletes that can be taken before, during or after the workouts. It combines three carbohydrate sources and it has been enriched with electrolytes. Therefore, the athlete will ensure a good performance during high intensity workouts or competitions.

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