“…excess fructose is more damaging metabolically for the body than other sugars”.
Food companies are clever! To make food tastier and more addictive, they often use corn syrup (a form of fructose) as a sweeter alternative to glucose. The reason for this is simple, it triggers those happy brain signals that makes us go back and want more, thus creating a vicious cycle - the more we want, the more companies will keep doing it.
Fructose comes from two sources – firstly as a naturally-occurring sugar in fruit and secondly as an added ingredient in processed foods.
It’s this added ingredient in food that is a problem. You can probably think of some obvious foods to be wary of such as carbonated drinks and artificial sweeteners but would you necessarily think of the likes of bbq flavoured sauces, salad dressings, some breads, soups and even some baby foods?
Although fructose has a lower GI, it is potentially more dangerous to us than any other form of sugar.
Speaking to The Guardian, Michael Goran, director of childhood obesity research at the University of Southern California, said that: “In the long term, excess fructose is more damaging metabolically for the body than other sugars”.
Learn more about Fructose on our blog in this post from Sam Hadadi.