June 14th, 2012
We all know what sugar is – that thing some of us crave, others add to morning coffee and still others avoid like the plague. However you identify the sugars you eat daily, we should all understand the basic differences between Fructose and Sucrose sugars.
Fructose is found mainly in fruits and honey. It can also be found in high fructose corn syrup, but not regular corn syrup. Regular corn syrup contains mostly maltrose (malt sugar) with various levels of other types of sugars, including fructose and glucose. Fructose should not be confused with either high fructose corn syrup or with regular corn syrup, since it is a “naturally” occurring sugar that doesn’t need a lot of chemical processing to be extracted from fruits and honey.
Sucrose is the sugar that’s found in many different types of plants world-wide. It is the most easily obtained sugar just by doing something as simple as eating a carrot. The sucrose that a person uses as a sweetener in baking and other food making processes is usually extracted almost exclusively from sugar cane and sugar beets.