Foods Without Fructose

Fructose is a component of many fruits, syrups and sugary foods, including table sugar, honey, sports drinks, colas and confectioner’s sugar. Fructose is found both as a natural component and as a refined sugar product as is the case with those containing high-fructose corn syrup. It is possible to be extremely sensitive to fructose consumption, whether due to genetic factors or impaired stomach function. For this or other reasons, a person may wish to eat foods that do not contain fructose.


Some vegetables, such as corn, peas and carrots, all contain fructose and should be avoided. However, there are many vegetables options that do not contain fructose. These include asparagus, green beans, broccoli, cauliflower, leeks, cucumbers, lettuce, green peppers and cabbage, according to the University of Iowa Clinics. Potatoes also are allowed. These items should be prepared, however, with very little sauces or seasonings that contain sugar, as this could add fructose to the vegetable.


Just as preparation is vital for consuming vegetables, how lean proteins are prepared also determine whether or not they contain fructose. For example, lean proteins such as beef, chicken, fish, shellfish, crab or crawfish do not contain fructose on their own. However, when these foods are breaded or have sugar-containing spices added to them, fructose can be added.


Although many consider fruits to be a healthy option, there are some fruits, such as prunes, pears, cherries and peaches, that contain fructose. However, some fruits may be eaten, according to the University of Virginia Health System. These include pineapples, strawberries, raspberries, blackberries, lemons and rhubarb.

Dairy Products

In their basic forms, all dairy products do not contain fructose. These include milk, yogurt, cottage cheese and other cheeses. However, foods that incorporate added sweeteners, such as flavored milks or sweetened yogurt, often do contain fructose. If you suspect your dairy product of choice contains fructose, reach the labeling for words such as “fructose” or “sorbitol.”

About this Author

Rachel Nelson is currently a managing editor for custom health publications, including physician journals. A writer for more than 6 years, she has written for the Associated Press and “Charleston,” “Chatter” and “Reach” magazines. She is currently pursuing a Master of Arts in Public Administration from the University of Tennessee.