Are you afraid of Fructose?

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This natural, simple sugar found in fruits, honey and vegetables has gotten a bad rap from the media. High fructose corn syrup, HFSC, is the culprit and it is important to your health to understand the difference between these two sweeteners. HFSC, is made up of glucose syrup from corn, is commonly used in soft drinks, canned fruits, ice cream, desserts and other sugary processed foods. HFSC is a combination of fructose and glucose. Table sugar is also a combination of fructose and glucose. Most of the health risks and obesity concerns are connected with over consumption of foods containing white sugar and or, high fructose corn syrup.
Natural fructose, found in apples, fruit juices and honey, is a simple sugar or monosaccharide. Because fructose is much sweeter than sucrose and HFCS, less can be used to create equal sweetness in foods and beverages. Using less equates to fewer calories being consumed. Fructose also has a low glycemic index; meaning it doesn’t cause a rapid rise and fall of blood glucose levels. We measure how carbohydrates affect blood glucose concentrations with the Glycemic Index. The GI or glycemic load of table sugar is 65 and the GI for fructose is only 19. Consuming foods high in sugar causes drastic peaks and valleys in the blood sugar “roll.” These spikes and crashes are attributed to increased appetite and subsequent overeating.

Research supports and cites consuming carbohydrates with a low glycemic index as a better health choice. The World Health Organization also concludes that low GI foods may help prevent obesity, weight gain and type II diabetes. Appetite, food consumption and weight gain can be attributed to a host of complex factors. In uncovering each individuals healthy weight plan, it is important to note that fructose does not cause rapid dips in blood glucose levels and therefore should not be blamed for stimulated appetite.

Zeal contains crystalline fructose, which is a condensed version of the same fructose that naturally occurs in fruit. One serving of Zeal has less of this simple sugar than one serving of most fruits. For example, one serving of Zeal has 3 g of crystalline fructose and one cup of grapes has 12.28 g of fructose.

Know your sugars and moderate your intake! Zeal can help with focus and energy levels…without the common spikes that can happen from that “bad guy,” high fructose corn syrup!

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