Some foods that contain fructose are fruits and vegetables, processed foods and anything with high-fructose corn syrup as an additive. Fruits and vegetables such as zucchini, peas, watermelon, apples, grapes and asparagus have a high amount of natural fructose. Fruit juice also has fructose.
Some fruits and vegetables contain only a low amount of fructose. These include lettuce, carrots, blueberries, bananas, strawberries, green beans and avocados. Individuals with a fructose intolerance may consume these occasionally, but in limited quantities. Fructose can cause diarrhea, gas and abdominal discomfort since the digestive system does not absorb it properly. Some people have a harder time with digestion if they have a fructose intolerance.
To find foods with fructose, look for fructose or high-fructose corn syrup on the label or ingredients. Some other terms to look for and avoid include honey, invert sugar, agave syrup, sorghum, molasses, maple-flavored syrup and palm or coconut sugar. Food items with these ingredients listed have at least some level of fructose in them.
Some food and drinks that often have high fructose corn syrup include soft drinks, salad dressings, sauces, breads and breakfast cereals. Many processed snacks, such as potato chips and crackers, also contain high amounts of fructose.