Crystalline fructose: HFCS’s bastard offspring

We have been watching out for high fructose corn syrup (HFCS) on food labels for years now, and while the informed public has been getting more and more informed of the health impact of HFCS and trying to avoid it, food manufacturers (think for a second, what an odd term per se) have found a replacement: crystalline fructose.

It does sound organic, natural, and possibly healthy, doesn’t it? Apparently the ever-so-popular Vitamin Water has been using crystalline fructose for a while now. Crystalline fructose is created from HFCS, by crystallizing the fructose in it. Turns out we have one more thing to look out for, not only that we should avoid food products that have HFCS, but also crystalline fructose. I am sticking to my green tea with no added sugar.

If you want learn to about just how bad these manufactured sweeteners are for you, just Google HFCS and crystalline fructose: you will likely not drink a regular soda or Vitamin Water anymore. Now, of course, diet soda with aspartame and sucralose is another story…

On a side note, a lot of organic food labels also list “crystalline cane juice”, that’s just plain cane sugar, companies just want to make it sound more “organic”, that’s all.

One Response to “Crystalline fructose: HFCS’s bastard offspring”

  1. Weasel5i2 Says:


    Your fears are mostly unfounded.. The only real reason to avoid any of these products is the fact that they come from GMO corn.. But I did what you suggested, and googled “HFCS and crystalline fructose,” and funny enough, this very blog post is the top result.

    However, the third result gives us this: which is a laboratory-sponsored study on the two sweeteners, and they concluded that the CF is nearly pure fructose, and therefore doesn’t contain all the wacky “other crap” that’s in HFCS (corn protein fragments, residues, half its volume in glucose, dextrose, etc..)

    So, being nearly pure fructose, the usual fructose rules apply to CF.. Lower glycemic index (less impact on blood-sugar levels) than glucose or sucrose.. Possibly one of the best nutritive sweeteners for us.. It’s sweeter than sucrose (cane sugar) so less is needed to sweeten things.. :)

    I often hear all sorts of slightly misguided anti-fructose philosophy, and it’s sad that fructose gets such a bad rap.. Mainly because most folks assume that if it’s made from HFCS, it must be evil! But that is like saying (if grapes were evil, for example) that wine is evil too! But, like CF to HFCS, wine and grape juice are quite different from each other!

    Nur meine zwei pesos,

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