It’s easy to confuse fructose with it’s super-sweet relative HFCS. High Fructose Corn Syrup is indeed terrible, especially in high concentrations and excessive amounts which is typically the case in the Standard American Diet where sodas, baked goods, and candy are prevalent. It’s true, most people are consuming way too much, and this may cause obesity, liver problems, diabetes, heart disease, and other issues. With little exercise and without tracking how much carbohydrate and sugar is being consumed daily, a lifestyle with a lot of sugar can certainly cause trouble for some people.
However, we also believe fructose derived from fruits or vegetables (where it naturally exists!), even a bit of raw honey or real cane sugar, and not from highly concentrated corn syrup, can have some health benefits, particularly when used in moderation and complemented with regular exercise. It can give us energy to power through our day and workouts and help hydrate us more optimally as it can assist fluid balance.
From a nutritional standpoint, the fructose in our protein blend is actually very minimal with the 2g of fiber cutting down the total glycemic load down to 3 g carbs, with 1g added sugar – much less than a mere teaspoon of sugar which is about 4.2g. The fructose we use is either sourced from beets or real cane sugar.