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What are sugar free sweets and the additives are used in such sweets to make them sweet?

Date: 04 Mar 2016    Group: Health    Category: Nutrition   

Nowadays many varieties of sugar free sweets including jalebis are available in the market. What are sugar free sweets? What additives are used in such sweets to make them sweet? What are the main differences in nutritional value of normal sweets and sugar free sweets?

Wondering what makes a sugar free sweet sweet? Know all about sugar free sweets & their nutritional value too.

Author: Karthikeyan    07 Mar 2016      Member Level: Gold     Points : 4  (Rs 4)    Voting Score: 0

What are sugar free sweets?
Sugar free sweets are just like normal sweets in everything except the fact they are made with artificial sweeteners instead of regular sugar we are using in our day to day life.

Addictives used in sugar free sweets -
There are many artificial sweeteners are available in the market which made a major composition of sugar free sweets.
Below are some of the artificial sweeteners used widely.
stevia, aspartame, sucralose, neotame, acesulfame potassium (Ace-K), saccharin, advantame and cyclamates.
There are few artificial sweeteners which is banned in most of the countries and some of the sweeteners are not recommended for people with certain disorders.

Nutrition value of sugar free sweets -
Unfortunately sugar free sweets doesn't consist any nutrition value except the fact it has less calories than the normal sweets. So only it is recommended to people with obesity and sugar diseases. As mentioned earlier, some of the sweeteners used are harmful and known for side effects. It is good to enquire about the artificial sweetener used in sugar free sweets before buying it in any shop.

Author: Venkiteswaran.    07 Mar 2016      Member Level: Diamond     Points : 2  (Rs 2)    Voting Score: 0

Just as the word says sugar free sweets do not use the common sugar used by all of us.
However as sweets have to be sweet, instead of the ordinary sugar, artificial chemical substances which give sweetness are used.
The most common one used till a few years back was Saccharine. But Sacharine used to leave some bitter taste in the mouth. So nowadays there are better artificial sweeteners which have very less calorie value but many times sweetness of sugar and hence need to be used only in very small quantities to give the same sweetness of sugar. An artificial sweetener to be used in food should be stable in heat and cold conditions. They should also be relatively les harmful in long term use also. The modern sweeteners like Sucralose are said to be of such character.

Author: Mahesh    08 Mar 2016      Member Level: Gold     Points : 3  (Rs 3)    Voting Score: 0

Some of the known and regularly used sugar substitute are - Aspartame, Cyclamate, Saccharin, Stevia and Sucralose. Most of the tablets in the market makes use of Sucralose and Stevia. There is a restriction on how much of these you can use in the medicine, or for the people who are diabetic. Considering these contents have their own side effects on the body.

Normal sweets and the sugar free sweets both are made from the natural chemicals. However both of them are processed these days. And this increases the side effects in both forms.

Only the granular less processed sugar in the market has less side effects if you are not diabetic. Anything excess can lead to issues with the health. So your focus has to be on the getting the sugar products in the right proportion.

Author: Ramachandran Pattabiraman    09 Mar 2016      Member Level: Diamond     Points : 1  (Rs 1)    Voting Score: 0

One doctor known well to us suggested my uncle and my brother who are diabetic patients not to use any sugar free items or sugar free sweeteners(for coffee/tea) on any occasion. Instead avoid sweets totally or take a very minimum quantity if you unable to control your wish and take coffee/tea without sugar or sugar free cubes etc., as the sweetness in milk is enough.

Author: Darshan Malwiya    05 Jul 2016      Member Level: Silver     Points : 3  (Rs 3)    Voting Score: 0

In a sugar free sweet there is a substitute that provides a sweet taste like that of sugar while containing significantly less food energy. Some sugar substitutes are natural and some are synthetic, those synthetic substitutes are called artificial sweeteners.
Sugar free sweets are made from artificial sweeteners for eg:
1] Advantame
2] Alitame
3] Aspartame
4] Sodium cyclamate
5] Sucralose
Sugar free sweet can be useful in following ways
1] helps in reducing weight
2] comparing to natural does not harm our teeth
3] can be eaten by diabetic patients

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