Is fructose bad for you?

Published: May, 2007

It doesn't cause spikes in insulin and blood sugar, but large amounts of fructose may contribute to overeating.

Most of the sugar we eat gets broken down and absorbed in the small intestine. Swarms of specialized enzymes attack larger molecules and convert them into three simpler sugars: mainly glucose, but also galactose (a part of lactose, the sugar in milk) and fructose. There are a few more steps involved in breaking down the starches in bread, potatoes, and the like, but ultimately starch shares a similar digestive fate.

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