There are four kinds of sugar: fructose, lactose, glucose and sucrose. Our body utilizes each of these sugars in a different way.
- Glucose is the main sugar that our body uses for energy, found in fruits and veggies. It is the easiest sugar for your body to use and excess glucose is stored as fat. It is the fastest way for sugar to enter your blood and give you energy. It cannot be used immediately and undergoes chemical changes by being processed in the liver and being distributed throughout the body for energy. When your body experiences high blood sugar, your body releases insulin which tells your cells to store the extra energy as fat.
- Fructose is the sugar found in fruit and vegetables, like glucose. All fruits and vegetables have some fructose and some glucose- some have more fructose like pears while others have more glucose like corn. The ratio is what makes some more fattening than others.
- Sucorse is table sugar, made from one of fructose with one molecule of glucose. When you consume sucrose, the molecules split, and the glucose is used by your body for energy and the fructose is sent to your liver for processing.
- Lactose is the sugar found in dairy products.