The term ‘sugar’ is generally used synonymously with ‘refined sugar’. However, the phrase ‘sugar’ is the umbrella term for all kinds of sugars. The most important types of sugar are fructose, glucose, lactose, maltose and sucrose (that is the main component of household sugar).
Fructose (from the Latin fructus – fruit) is a monosaccharide and belongs to the macronutrient group carbohydrates. Besides, fructose is one of two components of the disaccharide sucrose, also simply called sugar (the other component is glucose). This means that food which, for example, contains 50g of sugar has a fructose content of 25g.
Fructose is naturally contained in most fruits, vegetables and cereals. Their fructose content varies considerably. Reference books with charts detailing the fructose content of most common foodstuffs have proved helpful. There is no guarantee, however, that the data given in these books are correct since the fructose content can vary widely depending on the kind of fruit, degree of ripeness and origin.
There are almost no natural foods that are completely fructose-free.
The crucial factor here is your tolerance threshold which may vary a great deal, from well below 1g per day for people with Hereditary Fructose Intolerance (HFI) up to 50g per day for those with mild forms of fructose malabsorption.
Our products are generally very low in fructose because we use only fructose-free glucose syrup as a sweetener and select fruits low in fructose, such as red currants and exotic fruits, such as Calamansi. The content of fructose, sucrose and sorbitol is indicated in on the label of each product. In general, our products should pose no problem if consumed in moderate quantities. If your tolerance threshold is low, we advise you to take note of the information given on the labels and choose low-fructose products; for example, the natural biscuit rather than the coconut biscuit, or the rhubarb spread rather than the red currant spread.
Completely fructose-free nutrition is nearly impossible. It is important, therefore, to maintain a well-balanced diet while eating as little fructose as possible (please see “fructose content” of each product).
Each of our products provides detailed information on the fructose, sucrose and sorbitol content.
The generic term “sugar” used in nutritional information tables not only refers to granulated sugar, but to the sum total of all types of sugar. Our products predominantly contain allowable types of sugars such as dextrose and maltose.
The declaration “May contain traces of…” means that the equipment and facilities used for the manufacture of a particular product are also used to manufacture other products containing milk, nuts, etc. Despite thorough and complex cleaning, tiny traces of previous products cannot be completely excluded, and the remainder may cause an allergic reaction by very sensitive allergy sufferers. This declaration is purely a precaution and only relevant for those who react to trace amounts of the indicated substances. This does not mean that the named substances are added to the product, as an ingredient for example. For people with intolerance that is the result of malabsorption, such as lactose-malabsorption, these declarations are irrelevant.