Fructose is a carbohydrate simple sugar and is a common component in many varieties of plants. The name is derived from fruit and hence it’s called a fruit sugar. Fructose can be an instant source of energy because it enters the bloodstream directly when digested.
Sources of fructose include corn, sugar cane, honey, fruits grown on vines and trees, many root type vegetables, sugar beets, and others. The most common sources of fructose are sugar cane, corn, and sugar beets. You’ll see fructose mentioned on food and beverage labels especially in fruit juices that are made from concentrates. One of the more well-known types of fructose is high fructose corn syrup (HFCS).
High fructose corn syrup contains fructose and glucose with both being the same type of saccharide (sugar). If you follow dietary news, then you’ll know HFCS is a controversial ingredient. The super sweet HFCS has been implicated in many disease conditions including diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and others.
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