The average American consumes a whopping 76 pounds of sugar every year, which is wreaking havoc on our health by increasing the risk of diabetes, metabolic syndrome and heart disease. More and more research shows that the negative health effects of all this sugar are attributable to fructose. High fructose corn syrup is about 55% fructose. White sugar, and even the best natural substitutes for sugar – like honey and maple syrup – all break down in your body to 50% fructose. Some diabetic or low-glycemic products are sweetened with fructose, since it has minimal effect on blood sugar levels. Fruit and fruit juice also contain varying amounts of fructose.
The negative health effects of fructose include: