Is allulose the sugar alternative you’ve been waiting for?

All signs point to YES! But let me backtrack a bit.

I’m obsessed with Know Better Foods. Their products are free from all the big allergens like peanuts, grain, gluten, wheat, soy, and dairy and their ingredients are totally pure. Better yet, they’re high in fiber, so high in fact that even their products with somewhat high carbs have a low net carb number. People always focus on cutting out carbs when they’re trying to lose weight, but that’s not sustainable or effective. We all need carbs for energy! The key is to focus on foods that are low in net carbs.

Net Carbs = Carbs – Fiber.

Fiber is the indigestible part of a carb that adds bulk to food, meaning it fills you up and then basically gets flushed out of your system—assuming you’re drinking enough water (at least 1.5 liters a day, more if you’re not consuming water-rich foods). By following a high-fiber, low-net carb diet, you give your body the carbs needed for energy, without going overboard on carbs, which eating an excess of leads to weight gain. For weight loss aiming for 35 net carbs a day is ideal. All of this brings me to allulose. It’s the sweetener used in Know Better Foods. I’ve tried almost all of their products at this point and they manage to be sweet without being high in sugar so I was intrigued. Allulose is still not widely available (my guess is that it’s a lot more expensive than other common sweeteners), so there isn’t much information out there.

Allulose is a sweetener that not only is low in carbs and calories (1/10 the calories of table sugar), but it won’t raise blood sugar or insulin levels (great for both diabetics and those worried about crashes). It’s naturally found in a few foods like figs and raisins and unlike many other table sugar alternatives, it doesn’t cause gas or bloating! I’ve actually found issues with gas and/or bloating with every other sugar alternative. If you’re feeling bloated or gassy after eating things like Know Better Foods, it’s likely because your body isn’t used to the fiber yet and/or you’re not drinking enough water. These foods should HELP your digestion not harm it. Allulose, unlike other sweeteners, also is thought to have anti-inflammatory properties and it should help promote fat and weight loss when used as a replacement for table sugar.

I have a feeling we’ll be seeing a lot more food products formulated with this sweetener in the future. In the meantime if you’re looking for an easy way to satisfy your sweet tooth or your craving for chips I would highly recommend Know Better’s cookies, waffles, muffins, cereal (I eat it when I’m craving some chips – it looks gross but tastes amazing), and crisps. Some of these items are high in calories, but don’t be “scared”! Quality is more important than quantity and your body will be a lot better off eating their allulose-sweetened high fiber cookies than it would be eating Oreos, which have zero nutritional value.

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