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Posted on: December 14th, 2021

Modern health issues including diabetes, obesity, and hypertension have prompted many scientists to look for food-based solutions. Research into dietary solutions for modern health problems has increased exponentially in the 21st century. Finding a healthy and reliable substitute for sugar in food production has been one of the most important areas of study.

d-allulose has traditionally been studied as an antioxidant. Modern research has started to look at other properties of d-allulose, specifically as a sugar substitute. Replacing sugar with a healthier additive has been an ongoing struggle for food scientists, as most additives have come with potential harmful side effects.

d-Allulose as a Sugar Substitute

Why is d-allulose being researched as a potential substitute for sugar? First and foremost is the fact that d-allulose is sweet–it has nearly 70% of the sweetness of sugar. Other potential sugar substitutes lack the sweetness of d-allulose, making them much less appealing as a substitute. Many people have a palate that is accustomed to sugary foods. Changing the sweetness of foods by a large degree would make certain foods unappealing.

Caloric value is a property most artificial sweeteners are missing. Sugar, while appealing due to its sweet taste, is high in calories. d-allulose contains a significantly lower amount of calories than standard sugar while still providing a sweet taste, making it a potential healthy middle ground between sugar and artificial sweeteners.

d-allulose is also naturally found in some of the same places as sugar; wheat, processed sugar cane, and fructose. The benefit of this fact is that crop yields may not have to significantly change to harvest d-allulose in place of sugar.

Where can d-Allulose be Used?

The potential applications of d-allulose start with sweet foods. Desserts, candies, and other confectionery products can have production difficulties using sugar substitutes. Recent studies have been evaluating the use of d-allulose and deemed it an excellent candidate for dietary restriction mimetics.

The satiety of foods using d-allulose in place of other sucrose-derived ingredients has been positive as well. Artificial sweeteners may lack any calories while d-allulose has a low natural calorie content. Satiety refers to how full a person feels after consuming a specific amount of food. A sweetener with natural calories and sweetness is a very interesting prospect for researchers.

Initial studies have also shown that d-allulose has better water holding capacity when used in place of sucrose in certain foods. Water capacity can help an ingredient to be used as a binding agent, among other things.

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