Harvard Health Letter

Rethinking fructose in your diet

Fructose is a common sugar found in fruits, vegetables, and honey. It’s also a major ingredient in high-fructose corn syrup and table sugar. Recent studies have cast fructose as a bad guy, linking it to obesity, diabetes, and nonalcoholic fatty liver disease and inflammation, and leading to anti-fructose sentiment in the general media. However, Harvard experts say fructose itself isn’t unhealthy; it’s the combination of both fructose and glucose when they are added to foods in the form of sucrose, high-fructose corn syrup, molasses, cane sugar, corn sweetener, raw sugar, syrup, honey, or fruit juice concentrates.
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