What does “fructose-free“ mean?

To date, there has been no legal regulation for which foods can be labeled fructose-free and which cannot.

For sugar in general there is such a rule: EU regulation No. 1924 from 2006 states that a product may be called "sugar-free" if it contains no more than 0.5 g sugar (mono- and disaccharides).

For its definition of the term "fructose-free", Frusano follows this EU regulation:

The Frusano fruit spreads and the Frusano Bio Ketchup are an example of how difficult it is not only to correctly, but also meaningfully describe the fructose content: 100 grams of the Frusano Bio Ketchup have less than 3 grams of fructose - but 100 grams is not a realistic portion. As a condiment for a meal, a person consumes closer to 20 grams. Thus the fructose content per portion is less than 0.6 gram. For fruit spreads the same is true: hardly anyone actually eats 100 grams of jam for breakfast. With bread, it would be something else entirely: Here a similar fructose content would fall drastically, since usually much more bread than spread is consumed. Sometimes the higher fructose content of a product is relative, since the consumed portion is smaller.

In addition to the quantity of food consumed, the individual plays a decisive role in the topic of "fructose-free". Fructose Intolerance is not the same as Fructose Intolerance: the personal tolerance thresholds can vary greatly.

Even the personal tolerance threshold is not an absolute value: How much fructose a human being tolerates also depends on how long he or she distributes a large dose of fructose - and with which other foods it is consumed.

As if the calculation "What is fructose-free / What do I tolerate?" didn’t already have enough variables with the portion size and individual tolerance threshold, we need to add another: Nature does not standardize her products. Of the domestic fruits, for example, apples have a medium to high fructose content. In the appropriate tables, it is usually listed with 5.7 grams of fruit sugar per 100 grams of apple. However, these tables have pitfalls: every apple is not the same. Depending on the type of apple and its maturity, the fructose content varies. Even two apples of the same kind could in fact have a different amount of fructose per 100 grams. Nature is not a clean room with a controlled experimental set-up. The results are correspondingly variable. Tables on the fructose content of unprocessed foods provide guideline values at best.

The amounts given on the Frusano products such as "<0.2g" are the maximum of the natural distribution - we give the maximum measured value plus a safety buffer.

Tables help

On all products, Frusano gives a detailed table of the sugar content. Details on the declarations can be found here.