There is a lot of talk about if we should or shouldn’t eat fructose. Although eating high amounts of fructose may cause health issues, consuming fructose in its natural form found in plants is not a risk. The type of fructose that should be avoided is high fructose corn syrup which is now used to sweeten many food products.
How is fructose different than regular sugar? Fructose is a single molecule that doesn’t require any digestive breakdown in your gut. However, sucrose (table sugar) is made of two molecules that are broken apart during digestion. Once the fructose is absorbed, it is metabolized in the liver, which has a limited capacity for handling fructose. When we consume too much fructose,the liver can’t handle it and cell damage and inflammation occurs. This contributes to heart disease and diabetes. Excess fructose is stored on the body as visceral fat that surrounds the body’s vital organs. Fructose consumption is now at an all-time high because of processed sweeteners like high fructose corn syrup, which causes people to consume far more fructose than they would ever get naturally from fruits. The best thing to do to keep your fructose intake low is to avoid products containing high fructose corn syrup, and only eat naturally occurring fructose in fruits and vegetables.