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Sugar

Research analysis led by Kamal Patel.
All content reviewed by the Examine.com Team. Published: Jul 18, 2019
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Summary of Sugar

Primary Information, Benefits, Effects, and Important Facts

 

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Frequently Asked Questions about Sugar

How do I increase insulin sensitivity?
Exercise frequently (resistance training and aerobic training are both beneficial), eat better (in this regard, less processed carbohydrates and more vegetables), and lose weight. Supplements can help, but are better when the diet and exercise are in order
Fructose vs Glucose vs HFCS
A study found no differences in the consumption of fructose versus high-fructose corn syrup versus glucose
What is the difference between high fructose corn syrup (HFCS) and sugar?
HFCS and sugar are essentially equivalent as far as the body is concerned.
Did you know that sugary fruits could help regulate... blood sugar?
Fruits like mangos can help regulate blood sugar due to the presence of phytonutrients
Is high fructose corn syrup (HFCS) worse than sugar?
There is currently no evidence to suggest that HFCS is any worse than sugar. Both high fructose corn syrup and sugar are essentially the same; the difference between them is too small to matter in moderate consumption, and in excess both are harmful to health.
Is sugar more filling than HFCS?
Are energy drinks bad for you?
Case studies have linked energy drinks to adverse effects, especially on the cardiovascular system, but the overall risk of something bad happening is low and context-dependent.
Does vitamin C improve blood sugar control?
We recently added several studies to the vitamin C page regarding blood sugar effects. From existing research, it seems theoretically possible that vitamin C could help improve blood sugar control, but the evidence is quite mixed at this point.
The myth of sugar rush
Common sense and plausible mechanistic arguments suggest that carbohydrates can influence mood. But do they? And by how much?