Fructose (from the Latin fructus – fruit) is a monosaccharide and belongs to the macronutrient group carbohydrates. Besides, fructose is one of two components of the disaccharide sucrose, also simply called sugar (the other component is glucose). This means that food which, for example, contains 50 g of sugar has a fructose content of 25 g. Please see below for more information about sucrose intake.

Fructose is naturally contained in most fruits, vegetables and cereals. Their fructose content vary considerably. Reference books with charts detailing the fructose content of most common foodstuffs have proved helpful. There is no guarantee, however, that the data given in these books are correct since the fructose content can vary widely depending on the kind of fruit, degree of ripeness and origin.

There are almost no natural foods that are completely fructose-free (see Fructose Intolerance for more information).

The crucial factor here is your personal tolerance threshold which may vary a great deal, from well below 1g per day for people with HFI up to 50 g per day for those with mild forms of Fructose Malabsorption. Frusano products are generally very low in fructose because we use only fructose-free glucose syrup as a sweetener and select fruits low in fructose such as red currants and exotic fruits such as calamansi. The content of fructose, sucrose and sorbitol is indicated in on the label of each product. In general, Frusano foodstuffs should pose no problem if consumed in moderate quantities. If your personal tolerance threshold is low we advise you to take note of the information given on the labels and choose low-fructose products; for example, the natural biscuit rather than the coconut biscuit, or the rhubarb spread rather than the red currant spread.