Product Type: Tate & Lyle Baking & Ingredients
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Fruit Sugar Is Fructose
Tate & Lyle Fruit Sugar
Member Name: mountview
Tate & Lyle Fruit Sugar
Advantages: Low GI
Disadvantages: Health Concerns
I bought some of this fruit sugar yesterday. the monosaccharide fructose in neat form, at the time I thought this was a great product, all the sugar and less calories however after some research it would seem fructose has serious downfalls, such as possible effects on memory and having to be metabolised by the liver causing damage or a fatty liver.
Taste wise the product does do well, however the initial sweetness and duration of sweetnes are quicker and shorter than with sucrose, sucrose is a disaccharide composed of glucose and fructose, fructose alone is not dissimilar to High Fructose Corn Syrup which is used more than sugar in the US, Fructose is blamed for problems with obesity by some also.
Comparing these two sugars so far is simple and apart from those requiring a low GI sucrose wins hands down, however there is another form of natural sugar to consider and that is Molasses, unrefined sugar, Indeed this is the premium sugar in that it still contains nutrients and minerals that processed sugars are devoid of, it is believe that the content of molasses can negate some of the negative effects of sugars intake and therefore for the most important topic when choosing sugars, Molasses wins over the other not by taste but by being the healthiest sugar product available.
Overall fruit sugar is probably not the best sweetener but some may prefer it as a natural sweetener however natural does not by any means mean safer, infact two artificial sweeteners come to mind that are probably safer are sucralose and saccharin.
Another negative is the relative expense compared to sucrose and molasses however relevant potency of sweetness and not cost of production is probably playing a large part in this as well as the misconception that it is heathier or more natural.
Summary: May be useful in some circumstances, do your research !
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