Sugar Alternatives: Allulose vs. Sugar Alcohols
Sugar is an extremely popular sweetener due to its taste and texture. This simple carbohydrate occurs naturally in foods like fruits, vegetables, and nuts. It can also be processed from plant or dairy ingredients. When digested, sugar is broken down into glucose which is then converted into energy. However, many people seek out alternatives such as allulose or sugar alcohols in order to avoid the health risks of overconsumption including weight gain.
Sugar alcohols and allulose are both popular sugar alternatives due to their ability to add sweetness to foods and beverages with fewer calories. Sugar alcohols like xylitol and sorbitol have been widely used for decades; allulose, however, only became commercially available in 2015. With allulose being relatively new to the general public, there is often confusion around what it is and how it’s different from sugar alcohols. In this article, we break down the differences between the two and highlight why allulose is our preferred sugar alternative used in our EVER BETTER™ Protein Cookie Bites.
What Are Sugar Alcohols?
Don’t let the name fool you – sugar alcohols are neither sugar nor alcohol. Rather, they are carbohydrates with a chemical structure that’s similar to sugars. They contain about 2.6 calories per gram on average versus about 4 calories per gram from regular sugar and are often much sweeter than sugar, so you can use less for the same sweet taste.
What Is Allulose?
Allulose is a rare sugar found in small quantities in foods like jackfruit, figs, and corn. What makes this new discovery so popular is its amazing resemblance to table sugar in composition, flavor, and texture. Unlike table sugar, allulose is not recognized by the body as a carbohydrate and therefore is not metabolized for energy making its 0.4 calories per gram negligible. And research has shown that allulose has no impact on blood glucose levels.
Allulose vs. Sugar Alcohols: Which Is Better?
While both allulose and sugar alcohols provide a similar sweetness to sugar with fewer calories, allulose comes out on top as our choice for a sugar alternative for the following reasons:
- Allulose behaves, tastes, and feels like sugar in baked goods, whereas sugar alcohols can result in a drier and denser product and impact aftertaste.
- Allulose has less risk of digestive discomfort compared to sugar alcohols, which can cause bloating and stomach upset especially when consumed in larger quantities.
- Allulose has only 0.4 calories per gram versus 2.6 calories per gram on average for sugar alcohols.
Are you ready to make allulose part of your healthy eating routine? You can now find this low-calorie sugar substitute in a variety of foods and snacks, including our EVER BETTTER™ Protein Cookie Bites! Not only will these bites satisfy your sweet tooth with fewer calories than sugar, but they are also packed with protein, gluten free, and keto friendly!
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