Fructose, also known as levulose, is a monosaccharide sugar that occurs naturally in honey and a number of fruits. It is used as a flavoring and sweetening agent in foods. Fructose is the sweetest sugar, sweeter than the other monosaccharide sugars glucose and sucrose 1. It is approved for use as a food additive by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration 2.

This ingredient can be found in the following products in United States:


  1. Handbook of Pharmaceutical Excipients. Washington, DC: Pharmaceutical Press and American Pharmacists Assn, 2006.
  2. Food and Drug Administration. EAFUS: A Food Additive Database. 10-17-2008. 12-4-2008.