Are Ketones Better Than Glucose As an Energy Source?

12 Jan 2023

Article Summary

Most people believe there are three main energy sources our bodies use to create Adenosine triphosphate (ATP).

These include

  • Sugar/glucose from the breakdown of carbohydrate (and gluconeogenic amino acids)
  • Fatty acids
  • Glycerol from the breakdown of triglycerides.

However, it is important to also understand the valuable role of ketones — a relatively novel, alternative and important energy source the body naturally creates that is now available in the form of a food or beverage.

This article reveals why ketones can be a great alternative to glucose — with recent evidence supporting the role of specific ketones as anti-aging metabolites.


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Why Ketones?

Quite simply, ketones are an alternative energy source to fuel the body.
There are three types of ketones

  • Acetone
  • Acetoacetate
  • Beta-hydroxybutyric acid.

Beyond this, there are both endogenous forms (produced by the body while adhering to a ketogenic diet) and exogenous forms (created outside the body and available in select foods and beverages).

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Ketone Availability

Most people are familiar with the high protein and low-carbohydrate ketogenic diet. This plan dramatically restricts carbohydrate intake (usually to less than 50 grams per day — the equivalent of approximately 2 slices of bread).

Although effective, there have been concerns raised pertaining to the difficulty in adhering to such a diet — although this varies considerably from person to person and may be similar to other diets. While some contend that a ketogenic diet can be harmful due to the high intake of saturated fat, the evidence indicates that this plan can be safe for most individuals — of course, more well – controlled clinical trials are needed.

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The Rise, The Fall, The Crash! Sustain Energy

If your goal is to feel great throughout the day, with sustained energy and mental clarity, blood sugar and insulin should be maintained at relatively stable levels.

When consuming high amounts of simple sugars (i.e., packaged foods and sugar-laden drinks), blood sugar can rise rapidly (within 15 minutes) leading to a surge of insulin production and release.

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Ketones in Tecton: Safe and Effective

Tecton is the world’s first and only ready-to-drink beverage that contains 10g of nature-identical ketones that doesn’t contain 1,3 butanediol (a secondary alcohol or ethanol dimer). Tecton is safe at any dose and for all age groups based on a study published in Nutrient magazine, according to FDA guidelines. The study noted no adverse effects, even at extremely high doses (200 times by body weight).

We also tested the absorption rate to determine how quickly Tecton ketones will get into the bloodstream after drinking a can of our product. So, with analyses by Mayo Clinic, a pharmacokinetics (PK) study showed that Tecton’s ketone ester has a rapid absorption rate, reaching a maximum concentration in just 30 minutes, putting the user into mild ketosis in minutes. This usually requires two days of starving or up to 2-3 weeks of strict adherence to a keto diet! Because Tecton has zero sugar and zero caffeine, it is a simple and safe alternative, or accompaniment, to fasting or a restrictive ketogenic diet.

*The Food and Drug Administration has not evaluated these statements. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

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