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About Fructose and Fructose In Young Living Essential Oils Products

Fructose is a natural simple sugar found in fruits, honey, and
vegetables. In its pure form, fructose has been used as a sweetener
since the mid 1850s and has advantages for certain groups, including
people with diabetes and those trying to control their weight. Of
course, fructose has been consumed for centuries in foods we still
eat. It is known as a simple sugar because it is a single sweetening
molecule. Fructose is also known as a monosaccharide.

High fructose corn syrup (HFCS) is also a sweetener and is used to
sweeten foods and beverages. However, HFCS is not the same as
fructose. HFCS is a mixture of fructose and glucose, made by an
enzymatic process from glucose syrup from corn. The most common
forms are HFCS-42 and HFCS-55, which contain 42% fructose (and 58%
glucose) or 55% (and 45% glucose) . Table sugar (sucrose) has 50%
fructose (and 50% glucose) and so is very similar to HFCS.

Misinformation about fructose recently appeared in the media. This
misinformation alleges obesity and negative health consequences from
the consumption of HFCS and fructose. Many incorrectly use the
terms “fructose” and “HFCS” interchangeably, confusing the public as
well as health and nutrition professionals. It is important to be
aware of the differences between these sweeteners.

Unlike table sugar or HFCS, fructose does not cause a rapid rise and
subsequent large fall in blood glucose levels, which means it has a
low glycemic load or glycemic index (GI). Glycemic index (glycemic
load per gram carbohydrate) is a measure of how carbohydrates affect
blood glucose concentrations. As expected, glucose itself has a high
value because it is rapidly absorbed into the blood stream; its GI or
glycemic load per gram is 100. In contrast, the glycemic load per
gram fructose is only 19, while that of table sugar is 65

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Steve Pohlit, Business Development Consultant who Got Oiled 10 years ago and has been Oiled ever since.