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Is there a difference between the sugars in fruit, vegetables, yogurt, junk, coconut, etc?

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Created October 30, 2012 at 1:39 AM

Are the sugars found in different foods all the same?

Is the sugar you get in a red cabbage the same as the sugar you'd get in a banana, for example? or the sugar in soda and candy the same as in broccoli?

if you're trying to go low sugar, is a gram from vegetables equal to a gram from cotton candy?

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@cbucker every person reacts differently to different sugar sources, in general if it is bound with fiber the impact will be less on blood sugar levels, than refined sugar. The best way to find out is to get a glucose meter, and test your blood sugars before and after meals (half hour, hour, and two hour). For example for me, apples, green vegetables, pumpkin, and potatoes have little impact on me, but milk, rice, and bananas do. Other people will have different responses to those same foods.

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Good answer but please address the issue of what the difference would be (in general) between the food sources he states.

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Are you trying to go low sugar or low carb?

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Yep, there's a difference. Carbohydrates are made up of 1 or more sugar (monosaccharide) units. Simple sugars are just that, monosaccharides. Disaccharides are, surprise, two monosaccharides chained together. Oligo/polysacchrides are longer chains of sugars.

The sugars themselves can vary based on configuration.

So for example...

Monosaccharides: glucose, fructose, mannose, galactose, ribose, etc... Disaccharides: sucrose (fructose + glucose), lactose (glucose + galactose), etc... Polysaccharides: cellulose (beta-1,4-linked glucose), amylose (aka starch, alpha-1,4-linked glucose), etc...

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on October 30, 2012
at 02:37 AM

Good answer but please address the issue of what the difference would be (in general) between the food sources he states.

6120c989fd5b69f42a0834b69b87955b

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on October 30, 2012
at 03:40 AM

@cbucker every person reacts differently to different sugar sources, in general if it is bound with fiber the impact will be less on blood sugar levels, than refined sugar. The best way to find out is to get a glucose meter, and test your blood sugars before and after meals (half hour, hour, and two hour). For example for me, apples, green vegetables, pumpkin, and potatoes have little impact on me, but milk, rice, and bananas do. Other people will have different responses to those same foods.

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