We are all well aware of the consequences of high sugar intake. Not only does it affect your physical health but can also worsen the symptoms of anxiety. Faced with such a situation, there is a need to look for alternatives. Thankfully to our cause, we now have low-calorie natural sweetener: allulose that tastes exactly like sugar!
Allulose, on the look of it, allulose appears exactly like sugar but a further look at the composition, it appears to be somewhat different. What these differences really are will be cleared in a minute but there is even a bigger thing to consider. It contains only 0.4 calories per gram compared to real sugar that contains 4 calories per gram. That’s not it, allulose will also not cause your teeth to be affected by dental decay. Which really makes it all the more viable alternative to use.
What is allulose?
Allulose is a naturally occurring sweetener that is found only in only a handful number of food products. For this reason, it is also sometimes classified as “rare sugar.” You may come across it in jackfruit, raisins and even figs.
The chemical composition of allulose would suggest it to appear similar to fructose, one of the table sugar component. Which also really accounts for the sweet taste the substance has.
According to Stephanie Schiff, a medical expert at Northwell Health’s Huntington Hospital, this natural sweetener can prove to be a breakthrough in the field of medical science. Because it is low in calories, it is recommended for people who look to overcome the problem of obesity. Additionally, diabetic patients may also greatly advantage from the use of allulose. Since so far, the substance has shown to have no negative impact on the blood sugar level. The results have been promising and the inclusion of allulose may offer plenty of advantages.
New FDA guidelines
In light of all the scientifically proven benefits, the FDA has issued new guidelines for companies to follow. Businesses that sell products containing allulose can exclude ‘sugar content’ declaration from the nutritional information table. Which really means, if the product contains only allulose, the company is liable to indicate 0% sugar content in the nutritional chart. This is in contrast to specifying allulose as sugar which was previously the case. However, it is still obligatory to state what actually is in the product itself.
These guidelines have great implications for both the consumers and businesses which sell their products. First and foremost, most diet-conscious customers would look to not buy a certain item simply for its high sugar content. Now when companies can legally shy away from excluding the added sugar content, it can potentially boost sales for a number of products. Having said all this, these guidelines may also serve as an opportunity for increasing awareness about the benefits of allulose.
While artificial sweeteners may serve as alternatives, they are not without their side effects. Particularly, excessive intake of aspartame is linked with serious health complications. Allulose, however, is a naturally occurring sweetener that is safe from all the side effects associated with its artificial counterpart.