This is the only sugar that won’t raise your blood sugar levels. But is it healthy? Learn more!
0:00 Introduction: What is the best type of sugar?
0:10 Sugar explained
1:45 Is fructose bad?
4:02 Is fructose keto-friendly?
5:00 The problem with fructose
6:00 Learn more about alternative sugars!
Today, we’re going to talk about the only type of sugar that won’t raise your blood sugar: fructose.
Fructose doesn’t increase your blood sugar levels, at least initially. Fructose is often recommended to diabetics because it doesn’t increase blood sugar levels, but there is another side of this that’s important to look at.
Fructose follows a different biochemical pathway than glucose. Glucose is absorbed by all of the cells, but fructose is only absorbed by the liver. What’s not absorbed can end up in the colon, where your microbes consume it, which can lead to digestive problems.
Fructose absorbed in the liver can be converted to glucose and stored as glycogen. When glycogen is stored in the liver, the body will start making triglycerides and cholesterol. Fructose can potentially lead to a fatty liver very quickly, which can then lead to insulin resistance and diabetes.
Even though fructose is low on the glycemic index and won’t directly raise your blood sugar, it can indirectly raise your blood sugar and lead to various health problems.
The good news is that there are keto-friendly alternative sugars that you can consume. Learn more about these in my next video.
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Thanks for watching! Even though fructose won’t raise your blood sugar, you should avoid it at all costs. I’ll see you in the next video.
Today I'm going to talk about the only Sugar That won't raise your blood sugar Now I see you're getting pretty excited About this but before you get too Excited let me explain sugar is Classified in a certain way you have Something called a monosaccharide and You have disaccharides so let's just Talk about those first so a Monosaccharide is like a one individual Sugar molecule like glucose that would Be a monosaccharide mono meaning one Saccharide means sugar and you also have Another monosaccharide called fructose And if you combine these different Monosaccharides together you have Different types of sugar For example table sugar is about 50 Percent fructose in 50 glucose and then You have honey which is 30 percent Fructose and 70 glucose then you have Other sugars like lactose that's like Milk sugar that would be glucose plus Another type of monosaccharide called Galactose and then you have something Called high fructose corn syrup because It's a combination of glucose and Fructose could range anywhere between 55 to 90 percent fructose and then you Have agave nectar which is combined with Glucose and fructose and fructose in Agave nectar is about 85 percent okay so It's a lot of fructose then you have
Fruit fruit is a combination of glucose Plus fructose but the fructose in fruit Can vary between one percent and 30 Percent now you're probably saying like What would be one percent well it could Be like avocados that would be Considered fruit or maybe olives that Would be considered a fruit very low Sweetness right very low fructose what's Interesting about fructose is that it's The only sugar that does not activate The beta cells that's the cells in the Pancreas that release insulin it does Not increase your blood sugars at least Initially when you think about it when You go to the doctor to get your blood Sugar tested they're not going to be Checking how much fructose that's in the Blood they're going to be checking how Much glucose is in the blood two Completely different monosaccharides and Fructose as a sugar is like twice is Sweet as table sugar and this is another Reason why manufacturing companies might Be putting fructose in our food because It's just sweeter if you take artificial Sweeteners you're talking about a factor Of like ten thousand to a hundred Thousand times sweeter than sugar so That's when you tiny bit and humans lack The enzyme to convert fructose into Glucose so when this was studied and Realized that wow fructose does not Increase your blood sugar they started
To recommend it for diabetics but let me Explain the other half of the story okay Because fructose Follows a different biochemical pathway Than glucose glucose is absorbed by all The cells but fructose is only really Absorbed by the liver some of it passes Through the intestine because it's not Easily absorbed and it can get into the Colon where your microbes have a frenzy Okay it's kind of like cracked to your Microbes and they will start eating this Up and start growing rapidly and you'll Get a lot of gas and sometimes diarrhea And a lot of digestive bloating and all Sorts of digestive problems this is why A lot of people cannot do fruit or just Fructose in general but what about the Stuff that's absorbed to the liver I Want to talk about that because that Fructose in your liver that can be Converted to glucose and stored as Glycogen now if there's enough glycogen Stored in the liver then the body will Instantly start making triglycerides Which are blood fats and cholesterol It's been well documented that fructose Will make a liver very fatty very Quickly if you consume enough of it Right but we don't consume very much of It well this is what happens that uh Kids for example 25 of their calories Are in the form of fructose on average That is crazy so we're consuming a
Massive amount of fructose in many Different forms the other problem with Your liver becoming fatty and you Producing all these triglycerides is That will now create insulin resistance In a bad way okay more potently than Glucose so now we're going to actually Go right into diabetes a lot quicker and Now the body is going to produce more Insulin indirectly so just because Fructose is low on the glycemic index And it won't raise your blood sugars it Will do it indirectly and create Problems way worse than glucose But in a different way I'm sorry you Just kind of got excited there right you Thought maybe you could start consuming Fructose well You don't want to do that that fructose Will also be converted to uric acid Right so now your gout increases as well And the more uric acid you have in the Kidney the less vitamin D you're going To activate because the activation of Vitamin D happens mainly in the kidney So that could be another problem and We're going to end up with more Inflammation and also profound Atherosclerosis that's right it leads Right to the clogging or the plaquing of Your arteries now in certain my studies And by the way like mice and humans Don't have that enzyme to convert Fructose to glucose there is shown a
Spike in homocysteine by 72 percent also You're going to get low leptin levels And that has everything to do with your Appetite so you're naturally going to Not get satisfied and you're going to Overeat when you consume fructose Probably another reason why they use High fructose corn syrup and so many Drinks is to get you to drink more and More because you're not going to be Satisfied given that information you can Have alternative sugars okay these are Called sugar alcohols and for that Information you should watch this video Right here