a strict diet plan
. exercise regimen.
focus on healthy food.
Fructose in Nature
Fructose is produced by plants and found in most fruits and root vegetables. It has the same chemical composition as glucose but the molecule are arranged differently. Plants use solar energy to convert carbon dioxide and water into sugar and oxygen. When we eat fruit sugar provides the body with energy and a sweet taste. Fructose is sweeter than other sugars such as sucrose and glucose and honey.
Most fructose is produced as part of the high fructose corn syrup used in food production because it is inexpensive and effective flavoring and preservative. Corn is milled into maize flour which is then treated with the enzyme alpha-amylase to break down long chains of sugar in oligo-saccharides. Another enzyme glucoamylase processes chains on to produce glucose. At this point gluco isomerase a third enzyme added to convert glucose to fructose. The product is about half glucose and half fructose some other sugars in the mix. This is then processed through liquid chromatography to enrich fructose end up at around 90 percent fructose. The final product may be blended back with a less concentrated syrup to adjust the fructose levels even further. High fructose corn syrup is about 55 percent fructose.
Doctors and researchers have recently been worried that fructose is more harmful to the body than other forms of sugar. A study done at the University of California shows that fructose consumption increased levels of unhealthful cholesterol. Recommend however most nutritionists limit all sugar not only fructose and there is no strong evidence that fructose is much more harmful than other forms of sugar.