Sources: FAOSTAT data, 2008 (last accessed by www.Top 5 of Anything.com: October 2010)
List Notes: Production is in metric tonnes for the year 2008 (latest year for which statistics are available). Percent change is for the years 2004 and 2008 exclusively and is not an aggregate. Percent change for Germany is for the year 2006. 2008 data for the Netherlands is forecasted.
Unlike glucose, which serves as fuel for the body, fructose is processed almost entirely in the liver where it is converted to fat, which increases risk for diabetes, cardiovascular disease and liver disease.