Naturally Occurring Sugars
Sugars such as fructose, glucose, dextrose and sucrose are found naturally in most plants, fruits and vegetables.
These natural sugars are a product of photosynthesis and, just like humans, plants use them for energy.
While these naturally occurring sugars can affect blood sugar levels they’re still a good alternative to refined and highly processed sugar.
Dextrose is another name for glucose, a simple sugar that plays
an important role in cellular energy production. Dextrose is actually the primary source of energy for most living organisms.
NOW Real Food® Dextrose is derived from non-GMO corn, has a moderate sweetness, a fine texture and it’s easily utilized by the body.
Also known as “fruit sugar,” Fructose is a simple sugar commonly found in honey, melons, berries, tree fruits, vegetables, and other plant-based foods.
Crystalline Fructose, produced from corn, should not be confused with high fructose corn syrup (HFCS), which is a family of sweetener mixtures created with varying amounts of glucose and fructose.
Crystalline Fructose is a 100% pure form of this natural sugar that’s ideal for a variety of cooking applications.
Did you know that the first carbohydrate you and every other mammal on Earth consumed was Lactose? Also known as “milk sugar,” Lactose is a natural sugar found in milk.
Extracted from sweet or sour whey, NOW Real Food® Pure Lactose is about 20% the sweetness of table sugar and is used in unique food applications and as a sweet addition to children’s milk.
Most “natural” brown sugar products are created by adding molasses to fully refined sugar.
Real natural brown sugar, known as Turbinado Sugar, is created from a partially refined sugar cane extract that’s a more natural alternative to white (and refined brown) table sugars.
Turbinado Sugar crystals are larger and typically more pale and dry.
NOW Real Food® Organic Sucanat® Cane Sugar is a whole cane sugar from pure, dried sugar cane syrup and is a more natural alternative to refined and processed sugars.
It retains all the properties of natural sugar cane, including its molasses content, which gives Sucanat® a strong and distinctive flavor.
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