What Is Fructose and Why Is it in Everything?

We all know fructose is some type of sweetener, we see it listed on so many food labels: ketchup, soft-drinks, energy drinks, cereals, cookies, breads, crackers, ice creams, canned soups, and more. And most of us think fructose has something to do with fruits. So in some way it’s okay; it’s just some sweetener thing derived from natural fruit sugar.

But it’s not. Well it’s half true. Fructose is one of the main sugars from fruits, the others being sucrose and glucose, so that’s true. But the fructose found in processed foods is an entirely different story.

Food manufacturers and producers are sweetening our food with high-fructose corn syrup (HFCS) which does not come from fruits at all. It comes from a highly processed blend derived from corn, which many times can be genetically modified.

Too much HFCS in the diet means extra  Continue reading