For any frequently asked questions please see below:
Q. What is fructose and why is it bad for me?
A. Fructose is a type of sugar. It is broken down by the liver cells. The end results are triglyceride (a form of fat), free radicals, and uric acid.
Triglyceride – builds up in the liver cells and damages liver function. The triglyceride which is released into the bloodstream can encourage the development of plaque inside your artery walls.
Free radicals – damage cell structure and enzymes.
Uric acid – this can stop the production of nitric oxide and we need this to help protect our artery walls from damage.
Finally, consumption of a high amount of fructose is linked to insulin resistance which is a precursor to diabetes. This is just the tip of the iceberg as far as the negative effects of a high fructose diet. Put the word fructose into your internet search engine and read the very long list of why we should cut down our fructose consumption.
Q. If fructose is addictive, shouldn't we cut it right out of our diet?
A. We should all eat as little fructose as we can. The reason why we at fructose free forever advocate less than 3g of sugar per 100g is because we believe this is achievable by everyone. If you want to eat an even healthier diet then by all means cut the fructose down even more.
Some people advocate cutting down to the bare minimum of fructose for a few weeks to rid yourself of the addiction, and then slowly introducing a small amount back in. If you can then this is an acceptable way to do it. At fructose free forever we have experience of both methods but believe there is a bigger chance of success by cutting down to 3g of sugar per 100g and staying that way.
Q. So if a label says more than 3g of sugar per 100g then we shouldn’t have it?
A. This is our blanket advice. The best way is to look at the ingredients. If for example the only ingredient is dextrose or one of the other non-fructose sugars, then you can have it. For a list of what is and what is not fructose see our 'General rules for a fructose free life' article.
Q. Why are you called fructose free forever if you still say I can eat some fructose?
A. Our belief at fructose free forever is that we all need to break the addiction to fructose to give ourselves a chance at living a healthy life, hence fructose free forever – free of the addiction. Once you have broken that addiction then you should no longer crave fructose and should find it easier to make healthy food choices.
Q. So as long as I am eating less than 3g or sugar per 100g then I can eat what I want?
A. In theory yes. When you first change your diet to eat less than 3g of sugar per 100g we advocate this as main change to what you eat. We also say do not be afraid to eat animal fat, butter and full fat dairy as this will fill you up and fat in the right form is not the enemy it is made out to be.
After a few weeks you should be eating as much fresh homemade food as possible. At least 4 portions of veg and 1 portion of fruit (low fructose fruit if possible).
Q. So I should be eating mainly homemade food, what about shop bought convenience food?
A. Eat as much homemade food as possible, this differs for all of us. If you have time then all your diet should be home made, either batch cooking or fresh daily. In the real world though many people have children, jobs and lives which do not accommodate spending a long time in the kitchen.
We at fructose free forever say do your best. If your best is making 2 meals from scratch per week then hooray for you! As long as you're eating less than 3g of sugar per 100g then you are eating a low fructose diet and doing yourself a huge amount of good. Your best is all you can do.
Q. So everything I eat has to be low fructose?
A. Yes it should be. If you get back into eating high fructose food you will reignite the addiction. I would say that for at least 3 or 4 months you should have no high fructose food at all. Of course, we are all human so even those of us who have given up give it a try every few months. The odd ice-cream or a piece of cake. The main thing is it shouldn’t be a habit you can develop. To be honest after a few months it is too sweet and will make you feel sick to have a large amount of fructose.
You will slip up though. When you do just get right back to it.