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What is Allulose? Here's What You Need to Know About the New Sweetener

 

What is allulose? Is eating this new sugar a good idea? Where to buy allulose? Get the answers to all your burning questions about this new sweetener.

 

There's a new buzzword in the world of sweeteners. It's a new sugar, and it's called allulose. Well, it's not exactly brand newit's been on the market for a few years now. But you'll be seeing it more and more on nutrition labels. A big reason: It has just 0.4 calories per gram of allulose, versus the 4 calories per gram that sugar contains.

So what is allulose? I thought today would be a good time to tell you more about the next sweet thing, including if you should consider trying this new sweetener.

 

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Allulose: The New Sugar Hiding in Your Food


When my editor at Reader's Digest recently asked me to write about allulose, I was excited. I love an excuse to research topics I'm curious about. So I dug into finding out all about the new sweetener, and now I have a lot of info to share with you.

I encourage you to read the full article that will answer all of your "what is allulose?" questions, but here's a brief overview to get you started. Alluose is a new sweetener that naturally appears in certain foods like wheat, figs, raisins, and brown sugar. It's also popping up in more and more packaged foods, including ones like chewing gum, salad dressing, and packaged sweets.

In addition to finding allulose in your favorite packaged goods, you can purchase it as a standalone item so that you can play around with cooking and baking with it. Allulose is about 70% as sweet as table sugar. It browns more than regular sugar, which means it could perform well in baked goods like cookies and muffins.

Where to buy allulose? If you'd like to try cooking with the new sweetener yourself, here are a few options available online:

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Pros and Cons of Allulose

 

And what about the pros and cons of this new sweetener? Here you go!

The pros of allulose:

  • Per gram, allulose has just 0.4 calories. That's a very small amount, compared to sugar.
  • The effect of allulose on blood sugar levels is very small, which makes it a potentially good option for people with diabetes.
  • Allulose doesn't cause dental decay, which means it won't cause cavities. This is a big deal.

The cons of allulose:

  • Studies on allulose are limited, and hopefully more research will be conducted on the new sweetener in the future. For now, allulose is on the FDA's generally recognized as safe (GRAS) list. This means that allulose is considered safe under the conditions of its intended use.
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If you'd like to experiment with allulose, I recommend doing so in small amounts. As my fellow dietitian Joan Salge Blake, EdD, RDN, author of Nutrition & You, said in my Reader's Digest article, "It would be worth studying if there is an upper tolerable level that should be consumed daily without any negative gastrointestinal or kidney effects." In a nutshell: Many nutrition experts remain cautiously optimistic about this new sweetener.

 

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Amy's Recipe of the Week: Easy Coffee Cake Muffins

 

I've been really into making big batches of nutritious recipes lately and freezing the extras. Over Memorial Day weekend, I whipped up two bean-and-veggie casseroles so my fiancé and I will have some healthy meals for awhile.

I also love having healthy breakfast options on hand, especially ones that help keep me energized when I haven't had time for my morning coffee! That's where these easy coffee cake muffins come into play. I hope you enjoy them. And if you decide to substitute any of the sugar for allulose, I'm so curious to hear about the finished product! More of a tea person? Then give my matcha green muffins a taste.

 

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