The shelves of local supermarkets are full of products that are sweet but at the same time “sugar-free”. Anyone reading the label already knows that there are different sweeteners involved here, which are often anything but natural. While this is mostly about calories, the products of the carpentry startup Frunix have a different background. The y are also not “sugar-free”, but only free from a certain type of sugar: fructose. And they can do without sweeteners from the laboratory.
Frunix: alternative to the ubiquitous fructose
Fructose can be found in common table sugar (approx. 50 percent) as well as in common alternatives such as honey (approx. 40 percent). Fructose intolerance, at least in mild forms, is extremely common and affects almost a third of the population (figures for Germany). In addition, the sugar also promotes diseases such as fatty liver, diabetes 2 and gout, as well as obesity. With its products, Frunix wants to counter a whole range of problems. The Carinthian startup offers sugar, baking sugar, cough syrup and honey substitutes.
Other natural sugars, specifically fructose-free glucose syrup, are used. This consists of maltose, glucose and multiple sugars (so-called polysaccharides). Both maltose (malt sugar) and glucose (dextrose / dextrose) and the multiple sugars contained are well tolerated in the case of fructose intolerance. The polysaccharides would also help ensure that the blood sugar level does not rise “quite as quickly”, according to the startup. Incidentally, it also wants to score points with its products because they are vegan, sorbitol and gluten-free.
Frunix is a participant in the 2-minute, 2-million episode broadcast on Tuesday evening this week. Tremitas, FAYKE and privatec can also be seen there this time.