Fructose leaves you hungrier than glucose: Why this doesn’t matter

Glasses of various juicesnew study found that people who consumed a beverage sweetened with glucose were less hungry afterwards than people who drank a beverage sweetened with fructose.  This makes a lot of sense. Some of the hormones that regulate your desire for food are cued by rising blood sugar and insulin levels. Because fructose causes a much lower rise in both, it doesn’t send as strong a signal to your brain that you’ve eaten.

“The type of sugar you consume may affect how quickly subsequent hunger pangs kick in,” concludes Dr Cindy Haines of Healthy Daily TV.

Here in the real world, however, we rarely consume fructose (or glucose) all by itself.  Whether you’re drinking fresh-pressed juice or soda pop, eating raisins or jelly beans, or sweetening your oatmeal with honey or brown sugar, you are going to be taking in a combination of fructose, glucose, and sucrose (which is a larger sugar made up of fructose and glucose).

I’d put this one in the “No Action Required” file.  If you’re looking for ways to satisfy your appetite with fewer calories, you’ll get a lot more mileage out of foods that are high in fiber, protein, and water.

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