Sugar by any other name
Fructose is an additive too many of the most commonly consumed foods and drinks in Australia. For many years, companies have been able to market fructose as being natural and even as a healthier alternative to the now demonised standard sugar, which is sucrose. So let’s have a look at the facts.
Firstly, sugar is fructose! In fact, sucrose is a fructose plus glucose molecule. While glucose can be used by your body’s cells for energy, fructose gets metabolised only by cells in your liver and the only thing your liver can do with it, is to make fat. Awesome! The liver is also pretty busy filtering and breaking down many other things and already has its work cut out for it.
Fructose can cause sugar cravings, which is part of the reason why it’s so hard to have one sip of a sweet drink.
The fructose in processed foods and drinks is derived from a sugar found in nature but never intended to be consumed that way.
Does this mean we should eliminate all fructose from our diets? Not if you don’t need to! Fructose, as nature intended, is found in small quantities in fruits. When fructose is consumed in this form, it is combined with fibre, vitamins and minerals that are vital for a healthy body and mind. These low levels of fructose are not harmful in the same way that processed fructose is.
However if you suffer from fructose malabsorption……that’s a whole other story.