Updated: Dec 14, 2021
Allulose, chemically known as D-psicose, is one of Ange Bake’s preferred choice for sweetener to be used in our bakes. It is classified as a "rare sugar" because it is naturally present in only a few foods like jackfruit, figs and raisins.
Here’s What We Know About Allulose
100% naturally derived. Naturally present in some fruits and vegetables.
70% as sweet as sucrose, tastes just like it and even has the same chemical formula.
Granted the GRAS (Generally Recognised As Safe) status by the FDA (Food & Drug Administration)
It is an epimer of Fructose, known as C3 epimer.
When taken orally, it is rapidly absorbed (within 1 hour) and cleared from the plasma in 24 hours. 70% of it enters the small intestines, passes into the bloodstream and is then excreted intact in urine and faeces without significant metabolism. 30% goes into the large intestines where it is not fermented and is also excreted intact. In conclusion, allulose is virtually unmetabolized in the body. (Yay!)
Classified as carbohydrates because of similar chemical composition of a carbohydrate - Even though allulose is not known to raise blood sugar levels, according to guidelines from FDA, it still falls under the classification of carbohydrates due to allulose being a monosaccharide and has the chemical composition of a carbohydrate. The actual physiological effect on blood sugar level is not taken into consideration in the determination of being labelled as a carbohydrate. For diabetic patients and keto practitioners, it would be safe to not consider and exclude the carbohydrates in allulose when tracking daily carbohydrates intake.
A recommended choice of sugar replacement by HPB (Health Promotion Board Singapore) and MOH (Ministry of Health Singapore)
Benefits of using Allulose
It is a natural sweetener.
It does not raise blood sugar or insulin levels. And here's some good news for people who have diabetes or are watching their blood sugar.
It has the taste and texture of sugar, without all the calories.
Has no after taste.
Does not promote dental decay.
Recommended Choice of Sugar Replacement in Singapore’s War Against Diabetes
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