Consuming refined sugar every day is a strict no-no for many health enthusiasts and diabetics. In fact, doctors believe that refined sugar can lead to a lot of lifestyle diseases such as obesity, diabetes, etc. But let’s face it; what about our sweet tooth? What about our midnight ice cream and chocolate cravings? Well, worry no more because a new sugar alternative ‘allulose’ is here to solve this problem. This is low in calories and carbohydrates as compared to other sugar alternatives and hence, is quite famous among health fanatics.
In fact, even diabetics can include allulose in their diet without worrying about an after-meal blood sugar spike. Refined sugar contains nearly four calories per gram, whereas allulose contains only 0.4 calories per gram. Talking about its absorption mechanism in the body, doctors claim that the human body absorbs allulose but does not metabolize it into glucose. Therefore, it has zero or little effect on blood sugar levels and has zero calories too.
Moreover, allulose is also safer than other artificial sweeteners available in the market because it is available naturally in some food items. Artificial sweeteners such as aspartame, saccharin, sucralose, and neotame do not occur naturally. Therefore, such artificial sweeteners have numerous side-effects such as cancer. However, another sugar substitute popularly known as ‘stevia’ is completely safe to consume.
According to the FDA, just like glucose and fructose, allulose is a single sugar or monosaccharide. Therefore, you can use it in the same way that you use sugar. However, bear in mind that it is not as sweet as refined sugar. So, while using it in food items, you’ll have to use a higher quantity of it. Unlike most sugar substitutes, allulose does not have any side-effects, helps you to lose weight, and is safe for consumption even by diabetics. Nearly 70-84 percent of it is directly absorbed in the blood from the digestive tract and then passed out in the urine. It even resists fermentation by gut bacteria which means that allulose consumption will not lead to bloating or flatulence.
According to doctors, allulose protects the beta cells of the pancreas that release insulin. Therefore, it increases insulin sensitivity and helps lower blood sugar levels. It has the same taste and texture as sugar. It is also non-toxic and hence, protects you from fatty liver disease. Moreover, the FDA claims that allulose hardly has any side-effects. But, its overconsumption can lead to some digestive problems which will resolve on their own.