Fructose – Most easily found in Raisins and Hazelnuts.

 
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Fructose, a monosaccharide (single sugar), is also present in chocolate. It is also mainly found as a compound in saccharose. Moreover, it is the main component of inulin, an ingredient in RITTER SPORT’S diet range. Sugar substitute, sorbitol, also contains small quantities of fructose.

Free fructose is particularly present in honey, fruit, berries, and different kinds of vegetables. Therefore, the fructose content of chocolates that contain fruits, such as sultanas, is higher. Fructose is not completely absorbed in the small intestine.

It also only absorbed at 70% of glucose’s absorption rate. In contrast to glucose, metabolism of fructose is not regulated by insulin. This means that fructose only very slightly increases blood sugar levels. It is therefore suitable for diabetics.

Fructose intolerance means that there exists a lack of enzyme, fructose-1.6-diphosphatase, or an absence of enzyme, fructose-1-phosphate aldolase. This leads to an accumulation of fructose-1-phosphate. Treatment of this involves only consuming food that does not contain fructose. In this case, the ‘hidden’ fructose content in inulin and sorbitol should be considered.