First name / Friend, welcome back to our very own Health and Wellness Day! Within this segment, we will cover interesting new studies and focus in on any unique information regarding your overall physical and mental health. Our topic today will be on the key differences between Sucrose, Glucose, and Fructose. These are considered the three common types of sugars absorbed by our bodies. They differ in their chemical structures, the way your body digests and metabolizes them, and how they affect your health. Let us begin with Sucrose, the scientific name for table sugar. Sucrose is found naturally in many carbohydrates found in fruits. However, sucrose is also added to a variety of processed foods to make them sweeter. Table sugar and the sucrose found in processed foods are commonly extracted from sugar cane or sugar beets. According to Healthline, enzymes in your mouth partially break down sucrose into glucose and fructose. However, the majority of sugar digestion happens in the small intestine. The presence of glucose increases the amount of fructose that is absorbed and also stimulates the release of insulin. Excessive absorption of fructose can promote the increased creation of fat stores in the liver. This means that eating fructose and glucose together may harm your health more than eating them separately. Furthermore, Glucose is the bodies preferred carb-based energy. It is the building block for carbohydrates and it is a lot let sweet than the other two. According to Healthline, Glucose is absorbed directly across the lining of the small intestine into your bloodstream, which delivers it to your cells. It raises blood sugar more quickly than other sugars, which stimulates the release of insulin. Fructose, or “fruit sugar,” is a monosaccharide like glucose it’s naturally found in fruit, honey, agave, and most root vegetables. Moreover, it’s commonly added to processed foods in the form of high fructose corn syrup. Even though fructose doesn’t raise your blood sugar right away, it may have more long-term negative effects. Your liver has to convert fructose into glucose before your body can use it for energy. Excessive fructose intake may also raise the risk of metabolic syndrome and nonalcoholic fatty liver disease. Hopefully this information helps you understand sugars a little better. Stay safe. 

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