Fructose is a form of sugar that occurs naturally in a variety of fruits and vegetables. It became available for use in adding food and drink around the early 1980s and is now a popular ingredient in a variety of different foods.
High fructose corn syrup is added to enhance sweetness and is the most common added sweetener in processed foods and beverages. Some of the soda which it is routinely found is carbonated drinks, sports and energy drinks, flavored water, dry mix beverages and chocolate milk.
Fructose in both syrup and crystallized form may reduce the amount of calories in a food. For this reason it is added to many low calorie foods that are marketed towards those who want to lose weight. According Galama Group, it also reduces the calorie content of carbonated beverages by between 15 to 20 percent.
Used in Baked Foods
Fructose is added to cakes and other baked goods, since it gives them a sweet taste and also helps the food rise to a great height when cooking. Fresh after baking, the fructose also off a pleasant aroma and is brown in color, helping the appearance of baked food.
Unlike other sweeteners, not fructose does not rot when it reacts with water or acidic conditions, so it is often added to longevity and canned goods. It allows these products to keep their full flavor for a longer period. These include items such as jams, canned fruit, salad dressing and nutritional bars.