Crystalline Fructose

Lately I’ve tried to be much more cognizant of what goes in my body — staying away from things like high fructose corn syrup (HCFS) and partially hydrogenated oils, among other things. For the most part I’ve been doing fairly well, but occasionally I can’t avoid it. The best thing, in my mind, is to cut down the amount I’m ingesting, and keep it at a low minimum.

Recently, I’ve seen something called “Crystalline Fructose” on bottles of “Vitamin Water.”  I never thought anything of it.  I figured if it didn’t SAY “High-fructose corn syrup,” it wasn’t so bad. 

HA!  I was so wrong.

Through research, both in articles, on blogs, and even on a website called “Fructose.org,” I found the general makup of this ‘nutritive’ sweetener:

Fructose    ≥ 98.0% and £ 102.0%, after drying
Arsenic    ≥ 1 mg/kg
Chloride    ≥ 0.018%
Glucose    ≥ 0.5%
Heavy metals (as Pb)    ≤ 5 mg/kg
Hydroxymethylfurfural    ≤ 0.1%, dry basis
Lead   ≤ 0.1 mg/kg
Loss on drying   ≤ 0.5%
Residue on ignition   ≤ 0.5%
Sulfate   ≤ 0.025%

Ulp!

ARSENIC?  LEAD!? HEAVY METALS!?

This is what they are sweetening our drinks with, folks.  These are known toxic materials– things that are known to KILL people.

Sure, the quantities are microscopic, at best, but when you really break it down, WHY do they need to use these properties in something that they are labeling as “nutritive?”  This is false labeling at its worst.

No wonder we are falling victim to a multitude of diseases– including diabetes– every year.  No wonder we are the most obese nation in the world.  It scares the hell out of me what we put into our bodies these days.

Remember when they used to say that sugar was bad for us, so they came up with saccharine?  Then when they realized that saccharine caused cancer and other health problems they created Aspartame?  Whatever happened to good old fashioned sugar?  They turned it into a cancerous killer, too.  It’s nearly impossible to find pure sugar in any soft drinks anymore– unless you go to a “Whole foods” store. 

The important lesson here is that you should read your labels well.  And if you see something you don’t recognize in the list of ingredients, look it up.  You might be surprised– and dismayed– at what you find.

Needless to say, I won’t be buying any kind of fructose in the near future. 

Sources: Fructose Information Center, “What is Crystalline Fructose?” (The Fit Shack)

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