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Just when you thought there were enough harmful ingredients to avoid food makers have gone and introduced another one! By now you may have seen “crystalline fructose” as an ingredient in beverages.
If you’ve been wondering what this is it turns out that crystalline fructose “is produced by allowing the fructose to crystallize from a fructose-enriched corn syrup.” This information is from the sugar producers themselves. So not only is this product made from corn syrup but “fructose enriched” corn syrup. Sounds like another name for high fructose corn syrup.
Fructose and glucose are metabolized differently in the body. Glucose is metabolized in every cell of the body while all fructose must be metabolized in the liver. When a diet includes a large amount of fructose, then it creates a fatty liver, and can even lead to cirrhosis. Crystalline Fructose contains a 99.5% minimum of fructose, which is an even higher percentage of fructose than regular HFCS!
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Unfortunately, big corporations have realized that consumers are more aware of the dangers of High Fructose Corn Syrup (HFCS) and that we are not going to be fooled by commercials promoting HFCS “In Moderation”. So what do they do? They decided to take HFCS out of their recipe and substitute it with CRYSTALLINE FRUCTOSE instead. That should buy them more time.
Crystalline Fructose has been shown to be worse than HFCS. As mentioned above HFCS contains 55% Fructose and 45% glucose while Crystalline Fructose contains 99 percent fructose! So as bad as HFCS is, Crystalline Fructose is twice as bad for you. Crystalline Fructose may also contain lead, arsenic, Chloride and heavy metals. The Fructose is crystallized, dried, and milled, then used as a sweetener.
Why would companies use crystalline fructose? Sugar from corn is the most affordable form of sugar and saves big corporations a lot of money. Profit takes top priority over your health in their eyes. Otherwise why wouldn’t they use regular sugar?