From Brad King

To store or not to store

The human body is designed to do one of three things with the foods we consume: (1) burn some of the calories as immediate energy; (2) store what is not utilized immediately in its 30 billion fat cells; and (3) store some of the excess sugars from the diet as short-term energy, referred to as glycogen (long chains of sugar molecules), within the liver and skeletal muscles.

Here’s where the story starts to unfold. The average human body only requires about one level teaspoon (5 grams) of blood sugar at any one time to run its millions of biochemical reactions. At the same time, our bodies only have the ability to store about half a day’s worth of glycogen, which means we have a limited storage capacity for sugar.


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