Crystalline fructose is commonly used in juices, yogurts, nutrition and energy supplement drinks, and other products as an alternative to sucrose. Though it’s considered safe, some are convinced it has potentially dangerous health effects.
What Is Crystalline Fructose?
Crystalline Fructose is a white crystallized powder with a sweet taste, tasting twice as sweet as sucrose. It can replace sucrose in canned fruit, and can also be used in carbonated beverages and yogurts as a sweetener or in combination with sucrose. This product can also be applied in breads, cakes, creams, marmalades, and chocolate. This product is typically used as a replacement for high-fructose corn syrup and table sugar.
Possible Side Effects of Crystalline Fructose
Crystalline Fructose is generally considered a safe ingredient. Possible long-term side effects: high blood-glucose levels, liver damage, and even heart disease.
GRAS Affirmation: Yes
Generally recognized as safe (GRAS) is an American Food and Drug Administration (FDA) designation that a chemical or substance added to food is considered safe by experts, and so is exempted from the usual Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (FFDCA) food additive tolerance requirements. Crystalline Fructose is considered safe by FDA.
Special Populations Precaution
There is a lot of concern about diet and nutrition for these population, like Newborns, children, pregnant, sensitive to Crystalline Fructose populations. Better consult to your doctor if you would like to intake Crystalline Fructose.
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