Granular fructose is a sweetener that is widely used in the food industry as an alternative to traditional sweeteners.
Also known as crystalline fructose, it is derived from corn syrup through a natural enzymatic process that converts glucose into fructose. The resulting product is a fine, white powder that is sweeter than sucrose and has a low glycemic index.
Food product manufacturers use granular fructose in a variety of prepared foods, including baked goods, cereals, and beverages. It is an attractive ingredient because it enhances flavor, improves texture, and extends the shelf life of products. Granular fructose is also preferred by manufacturers because it is a natural sweetener and has a lower caloric content than sugar.
Granular fructose is one of a number of traditional sweeteners supplied by North Central, including: