Sugar Substitutes – What are the differences?
Many people are cutting sugar. Are you one of them? Maybe you have dietary restrictions, or it may be a matter of preference. Whatever your reasoning knowing your options for sugar substitutes will help you to make the best decision. You might agree that cutting out refined sugar is a great way to live. There are about a million and a half reasons why sugar is bad for you. But two major ones are the lack of dietary benefits and potential interference with feeling satisfied. Not feeling as if you’ve had enough can lead to a caloric overload. We all know that more calories equal extra weight we don’t need. Having a diet that consists of high sugar intake has also been linked to obesity, cardiovascular disease, and diabetes. Yikes!
But which alternative is going to be the best option for your lifestyle? Here are a few options you may want to entertain. As always, it's best to consult your doctor before making any changes to your diet or supplements.
This natural sweetener has been used for centuries in China. It carries zero calories, no fat, and absolutely no carbohydrates. Monk fruit is also a great choice for those who are waist-watchers. In addition to the more superficial benefits, this sweetener contains anti-inflammatory properties. It can be added to anything from juice to ice cream and even hydrolyzed collagen peptide drink powder (wink).
Monk fruit contains anti-aging properties. The region where it grows naturally is known to have a sizeable amount of people living to 100. This organism is comprised of antioxidants, which have been known to combat free radicals. Free radicals are molecules that are responsible for the aging process. Think of antioxidants as guardians of your cells -- little ninja warriors, if you will.
Along with those amazing benefits are a few others. For example, monk fruit helps reduce the histamine that is known to contribute to common allergies. For those who live with diabetes, monk fruit is a great alternative as it has been known to assist in its management. It’s also a great immune system booster1.
One of the more popular and publicized natural sugar alternatives is stevia. It’s substantially sweeter than sucrose.This product is used in many mainstream food and beverage offerings. It’s considered a zero calorie additive because the carb content is less than 5 grams.
There are some notable health benefits to consuming stevia as opposed to sugar. One being that it doesn’t affect the blood’s glucose levels. That’s good news for diabetics! One particular study of “stevia showed minimal to no effects on blood glucose, insulin levels, blood pressure, and body weight”2.
Stevia also has some weight management benefits. According to Medical News, Today “It can be part of a well-balanced diet to help reduce energy intake without sacrificing taste.” If you’re watching your weight, stevia is great sugar substitute in your baked goods and beverages.
Giving monk fruit and stevia a run for their money is xylitol. This sweetie was discovered in Europe during the 19th century. There are some benefits that are unrelated to your waistline. This substance is actually broken down by your saliva and it reduces any opportunity for the development of tooth decay. We’ll take that win!
Xylitol is considered a great substitute for traditional white sugar. It contains roughly 30% less calories than white sugar. One thing to note is sometimes the ingredients label on products may say “sugar alcohol”. Xylitol is labeled as such but in reality is neither. Instead, the reason is it called sugar alcohol is because of the similarities in its composition3. Per OrganicFacts.net, xylitol can be derived from “fibrous material of a number of common fruits and vegetables, as well as mushroom, berries, oats, corn husks, sugar cane, and birch.”
Xylitol is a natural alkaline substance. Alkalinity is a chemical measurement used to assess the ability of the body to neutralize acid4. Basically, when you consume substances with high alkalinity levels they lower the acidity of your body. Higher alkaline levels in your body means that bacteria can’t get their party on and reproduce.
Just Bloom’s collagen products contain monk fruit as opposed to sugar. This addition helps keep the taste on par with our goal: being a delicious drink with health benefits. The Collagen Sip works out well for those watching their sugar intake, as well as individuals who are living with diabetes. You can drink the Collagen Sip any time of the day without worrying about your sugar intake.
We maintain clear labeling for your peace of mind. You can find each ingredient included in our products on the outer packaging. And rest assured that every ingredient plays an important role. We offer several delicious mocktail-style collagen mix flavors. Spruce up your health and wellness routine with amazing tasting collagen pouches.
Did you know? The amount of collagen needed to see and feel results is 2.5 grams. Our Collagen Sips are comprised of 5 grams per serving. And the unflavored collagen peptides (coming very soon) is made up of 12 grams! Take a look at our collection here. Be sure to take advantage of the promotion we have on all of our collagen products!