Meet Allulose – The Low-Calorie Sugar!

Allulose sugar on a spoon

 

There’s a new sweetener gaining traction among those looking for an alternative to traditional sugar, sugar alcohols and artificial sweeteners, and it’s allulose! While this “rare sugar” has been around for some time, it has just recently started gaining traction as one of the healthy ingredients used in low-carb and keto-friendly foods. If you haven’t heard of it yet, you aren’t alone, and in this blog post, we are going to tell you all about this amazing low-calorie sugar!


What Is Allulose?


Allulose is a “rare sugar” that was first discovered in wheat more than 70 years ago. It is also naturally present in small amounts in foods such as figs, raisins, jackfruit, and corn. It is extremely similar to traditional white sugar in sweetness, taste, and texture, and can be used in baking. What sets it apart from regular sugar is that it’s much lower in calories (just 1/10th of regular sugar) and it does not raise blood sugar levels. In fact, even though allulose is technically a sugar, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has stated that it does not have to be listed under total or added sugars on nutritional labels.


What Makes Allulose Different from Regular Sugar? 


You may be wondering, if allulose is a sugar, how can it be so different from what we know as regular sugar? Allulose is a monosaccharide, which means it’s a single or “simple” sugar. When consumed, it is absorbed by the body but not metabolized which is why it’s nearly calorie-free and does not raise blood sugar levels. Table sugar is a disaccharide, which means it’s made of two sugars – specifically glucose and fructose. When consumed, the body must metabolize it which is why it’s higher in calories and causes spikes in blood sugar. 


It’s important to note that while regular sugar should be consumed in moderation due to its additional calories and impact on blood sugar levels, that not all sugar is “bad.” Many healthy foods like fruit contain natural sugar – but also contain vitamins, minerals, and fiber. It’s added processed sugar in foods like recipes, desserts, and sodas that you need to watch out for! And, if you do choose to use sugar as a sweetener, we would recommend ones made with less processing like organic cane sugar, which is made without the use of chemicals.  


Allulose vs. Artificial Sweeteners


When trying to avoid the additional calories from regular sugar, many people turn to artificial sweeteners so they don’t have to completely give up the added sweetness to their beverages and snacks. While artificial sweeteners are calorie-free, they are made from chemicals and have other potential negative side effects including:


  • Bitter, unpleasant aftertaste
  • Potential to increase appetite after consumption
  • Potential to cause stomach upset

Unlike artificial sweeteners, allulose is a natural sugar with sweetness, taste, and texture that’s extremely similar to regular sugar. And, at 1/10th the calories, it’s a healthier alternative all around. 


Healthy Foods Made with Allulose


There are many foods on the market today that are made with allulose, including protein bars, keto-friendly snacks, and even our own EVER BETTER™ Protein Bites! It’s also used in some carbonated and non-carbonated beverages, yogurts, salad dressings, gums, sauces, and syrups. In fact, allulose is growing so much in popularity that you can even buy it on its own at large grocery chains or specialty stores to use in at-home baking or as a sweetener for your coffee!


Now, when you choose foods made with allulose, you can feel confident that this natural sweetener is a healthy and low-calorie ingredient! For more information on allulose, please visit www.allulose.org.