Allulose: The new sugar you can eat without guilt

Quitting sugar is the first thing that comes to our mind when we decide to lose weight or just try to turn a little healthy. By now we know all the ways manufacturers try to hide sugar in the food. And we try our best to choose the right foods but what if we tell you that there is a new type of sugar that you can have without any guilt.

Allulose it is. Allulose is the new sugar that has been in the market since 2015 and is now gaining popularity because of its low-calorie count. Allulose has 90 per cent fewer calories than table sugar, says the Calorie Control Council.

​What exactly allulose?

Allulose is the simple sugar found naturally in some foods like wheat, jackfruit, figs, raisins, brown sugar, maple syrup and caramel sauce. Our body absorbs allulose but does not metabolise it, which makes it extremely low in calories.

Allulose can also be manufactured. Apart from having a low amount of calories, the effect of blood sugar is minimal. It raises blood sugar negligibly, which makes it good for people suffering from diabetes and weight watchers.

Our bodies respond to allulose differently, the Food and Drug Administration made a decision to exclude it from the sugar declaration.

Scientists have devised a way to produce allulose using corn. This is what has made allulose available as a food ingredient. It is also very versatile as it functions and tastes just like sugar and can be used in baked, frozen and liquid items.

There are various types of sugar that include monosaccharides, disaccharides and oligosaccharides. Monosaccharides are the simplest sugar and include glucose, fructose and galactose. While the normal table sugar is made up of glucose and fructose. And when two monosaccharides are joined, it’s called disaccharide.