What is HG Allulose?
What is HG Allulose?
Allulose is what’s known as “rare sugar”. This is because only a few foods like corn, wheat, figs, and raisins contain it.
Allulose is a bulk sweetening ingredient that provides the functional benefits and experience of sugar (e.g., taste and texture) but without all the calories. It is a rare sugar, found in nature in small quantities in foods such as figs and raisins.
The good news is that allulose is a monosaccharide. This single sugar molecular status means that it is legal for those on the gut healing GAPS diet because it is technically in the same category as honey and fruit.
Allulose is promoted as a natural sweetener because it is found in nature in
jackfruit, dried fruits, maple syrup, and molasses. However, to be produced in a cost-effective way, allulose is not isolated from those sources. Most commercially available allulose is
Here are 5 fast facts about allulose that tells you everything you need to know:
- The chemical structure is almost identical to
- The look and taste are virtually the same as white sugar with no aftertaste issues.
- Allulose contains 10% of the calories of white.
- Allulose is 70% as sweet as white.
- British manufacturer Tate & Lyle claims that allulose is non- glycemic (does not affect blood sugar or insulin) because 84% is excreted in the urine without being metabolized.
Allulose is absorbed but not metabolized and is excreted intact.
Corn, one of the cheapest, most highly subsidized crops in the world!
The process of making allulose is quite simple in fact.
Extracting the d-fructose from and then treat the fructose with an enzyme that rearranges the molecular structure into d-psicose, otherwise known as allulose.
Allulose can be used in a broad array of products, including:
- table-top sweeteners
- sauces and syrups
- frozen dessert
- dairy and yogurt
- fillings and frostings
- puddings and gelatins
Is Allulose Safe?
The official FDA answer to this question is yes, allulose is a safe sweetener. In fact, the FDA has granted allulose coveted GRAS status (Generally Recognized as Safe). (ref.)
Extensive studies have been conducted to support the safety of allulose. The results of these studies demonstrate that it is safe for human consumption.
How does it compare to Xylitol?
Allulose is not a 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.