All about allulose

All about allulose

What is Allulose?  

Allulose is a low-calorie natural sweetener with a similar taste to table sugar.  In addition, Allulose provides a similar taste and texture to sugar but without calories.  Allulose is not converted to glucose, and its calories are not available to the body. 

What is Allulose made from?

This low-calorie sugar has been naturally discovered in small quantities in plant foods such as brown sugar, maple syrup, jackfruit, figs, and raisins. 

Is Allulose the same as Erythritol and Xylitol?

Though both are very similar, Allulose and Erythritol are not the same—and have slight differences. They are both sweeteners that have minimal impact on blood sugar levels. In addition, they both have no aftertaste. 

Furthermore, Allulose is considered a “rare sugar” and can be found in a few different foods. 

Unlike Allulose, Erythritol is a sugar alcohol, a type of sweetener between a sugar molecule and an alcohol molecule.

Similar to Allulose, Erythritol is resistant to fermentation by your gut bacteria, which does not cause bloating, nausea, or gas. 

In regards to Xylitol, Allulose is not sugar alcohol like Xylitol.  Though Allulose can cause digestive problems, Xylitol has more of a “cooling sensation” in the mouth, and Allulose does not have this effect as it is very similar to regular sugar.

Is Allulose Inflammatory?

Allulose supports inflammatory responses and helps certain bacteria in the gut. This may also help in supporting weight loss. 

Does Allulose have an aftertaste?

Allulose does not have an aftertaste. This is what makes Allulose a unique sweetener.  In fact, even though Allulose tastes nearly as sweet as table sugar, it contains fewer calories than table sugar. For instance, three teaspoons of refined sugar equal about 50 calories. In contrast, Allulose only contains 5 calories with that same amount. 

Does Allulose affect gut bacteria?

Allulose has been known as a good substitute for sugar due to its anti-obesity effects.  For instance, there was a study involving thirty-six mice that were fed a regular diet and a high-fat diet with Allulose for 16 weeks. The results indicated a significant change in body weight and body fat mass.  In addition, there was a change in the microbiome community (or gut) responsible for improving obesity. 

Can Allulose help you lose weight?

Allulose has a positive effect on bacteria and may help you maintain a healthy weight.  In addition, unlike regular table sugar, it does not raise glucose/insulin levels–which is a major driver of weight gain.

With its ability to increase fat oxidation, Allulose may help decrease body fat and may promote effective weight loss.

In other words, this rare sugar may be effective at managing healthy body weight due to its possible positive effect on energy metabolism. 

Will you crave other sugary foods by consuming Allulose?

A low-calorie sweetener such as Allulose should not cause sugar cravings that can lead to weight gain.  In fact, research shows that Allulose low-calorie sweeteners should not increase appetite and are safe for human consumption. 

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