Sugar-free is for All

Sugar-free, it’s a common term associated with diabetics.  As more and more people have been diagnosed with the disease, many products, both food and drinks, had been released in the market to cater to the needs and cravings of diabetic patients. Diabetes, as we all know is a long-term condition wherein the body is unable to produce enough insulin to convert sugars into energy, so then blood sugar stays in the system that can cause serious health problems like blindness, stroke and heart attacks. In the UK, according to the Medical Research Council, about 700 people are diagnosed each day, and according to the World Health Organization, the number of people with diabetes increased by 391% from 1980 to 2014.

 

Who can consume sugar-free?

Since sugar-free products have been widely made known to us, this was marketed mostly to diabetics due to the fact that diabetes sufferers need to strictly control sugar intake or their sugar levels.  However, we didn’t know that sugar-free products can be consumed by non-diabetics too. If we replace the sugars that we consume now into sugar-free products, we can then avoid the possibility of having diabetes.  Sugar-free is for all.  It is for all who want to reduce their sugar intake and reduce the risk of having diabetes and other serious health problems themselves. 

 

What is in sugar-free?

Sugar-free products are replaced with so-called sweeteners other than sugar. There are many types of medically-approved sweeteners, and here are a few:

  • Sugar Alcohols or otherwise known as Maltitol, Mannitol or Sorbitol are all sugar alcohols that can be found in fruits. It is a very low-calorie sweetener, approximately half the calories of sugar. Mostly used in chewing gums and candies or sweets, sugar alcohols do not contribute to tooth decay.
  • Stevia is plant based. Found in the leaves of the Stevia plant, it is mostly used in cereals, energy snacks and drinks.  It is also a very sweet substitute so only half a teaspoon will sweeten your coffee or tea as you desire.
  • Aspartame, a very low-calorie substitute, is composed of two naturally occurring amino acids (the building blocks of protein) – phenylalanine and aspartate. It is widely used in sweets or candies, baking and non-alcoholic drinks.
  • Acesulfame-K is similar to Aspartame and is widely used in drinks and in baking.
  • Sucralose is an alternative sweetener made via a long process from, surprisingly, sugar. The process is so thorough that there are almost zero calories in Sucralose.  It is widely used in desserts, candies or sweets, and non-alcoholic beverages.
  • Advantame, also similar to Aspartame, is about 10,000 sweeter, and has been widely used in certain foods and non-alcoholic drinks.

Please note sweeteners and sugar-free products should be consumed in moderation.  Over-consumption can have a bitter or after-taste, and in some cases may have laxative effects.

Benefits of Sugar-free

  • Very low in calories
  • Healthier teeth - does not cause plaques and tooth decay
  • Weight loss
  • Healthier and clearer skin 
  • More energy
  • Less headaches (studies show sugar can cause headaches)
  • Reduce mood swings

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