Fructose is a sugar found in fruit among other things, and is often recommended for diabetics because it has a very low glycemic index (GI). It is three times sweeter than normal sugar (sucrose) and has a slightly different taste – a little fruity or acidic.
I must say that there is mixed research on the health benefits of fructose. In fact, there are those who consider it quite unhealthy. Perhaps it’s like many things – use it in moderation.
What I do know for sure is that fructose can be caramelised. I’ve been playing around with it, and it makes an extraordinarily beautiful and tasty caramel sauce. It’s very, very sweet, so definitely use very small amounts of it, especially if you’re diabetic!!!
If you want to make it, here’s how:
Fructose Caramel Sauce
50g powdered fructose (I bought an organic box of it from my local health food store)
150ml apple juice
What to do:
- Put the fructose in a saucepan and shake it so it’s evenly dispersed.
- PourÂ 50ml of the apple juice over it and cook over medium heat.
- When it starts to brown, start stirring, and continue stirring until it turns a deep honey colour.
- Immediately remove from the heat and stir in the rest of the apple juice.
- It will still be very hot. Let it cool.
That’s all! Enjoy!