Sucralose (Artificial Sweeteners)
Found in: Soft drinks, baking products and jams.
About 400-700 times sweeter than sugar and the most heat-stable of the lot, sucralose is widely used in baked foods and pastries. It offers energy but almost no nutritional benefits.
While authorities have claimed that sucralose is safe to eat, some studies have linked it to health problems. In 2012, an independent Italian laboratory announced a study that found a possible link between sucralose and leukaemia in mice. Until the study can be reviewed further, it is recommended to be consumed sparingly.
Maltitol (Sugar Alcohol)
Found in: Cultured milk (Yakult Acelight), Baking products
Maltitol is processed form sugar maltose and has a very similar taste and mouthfeel as regular sugar. It is 90% as sweet as sugar with almost half the calories.
The main problem with sugar alcohols like Maltitol is that it wreaks havoc on your digestive system, especially when consumed in large amounts. Sugar alcohols can produce abdominal gas, bloating and diarrhoea in some individuals because they cannot be completely absorbed by the body and are fermented by bacteria in the large intestines.
The Ministry of Health, Singapore advises the public to be cautious in regards to excessive sugar alcohol consumption. According to a statement by Health Promotion Board, consumers are warned that “consuming sugar alcohols in large amounts can have laxative effects or cause other gastric symptoms.”
High-Fructose Corn Syrup (HFCS)
Found in: Soda, cereals
A much cheaper alternative to sucrose and it gives products a longer shelf life, hence more packaged foods contain HFCS, especially daily staples like cereals.
Some studies claim that beverages sweetened with HFCS contribute to obesity more than sucrose, as it is easily converted to fat when consumed in large quantities.
Choose ‘Less Sugar’ Over ‘Sugar-Free/Zero/Light’
For overall health, regular sugar may actually turn out to be the healthier choice than its chemically-derived alternative and can be worked into any healthy diet, as long as it is consumed in moderation.
Cultured drinks like VITAGEN Less Sugar, is specially formulated to contain 50% less sugar than other regular cultured milk drinks, without any nasties like Maltitol (a sugar alcohol that might affect digestive system). Even with 50% less sugar, it still tastes 100% satisfying because it is also made with real fruit juice.
Avoid sugary drinks that contain sucralose (soft drinks) which may cause gastrointestinal issues, but instead opt for healthier choices like VITAGEN Less Sugar, the only cultured milk drink to contain both Prebiotics and Probiotics that help maintain a healthy digestive system. Every bottle has billions of live probiotic cultures (Lactobacillus acidophilus & Lactobacillus casei) from Chr. Hansen Denmark.
Enjoy a delicious drink with the added benefit of probiotics to restore the balance of friendly bacteria in your gut, which can help to alleviate digestive problems caused by hidden sweeteners/sugar substitutes in everyday food.
VITAGEN Less Sugar Cultured Milk
5 x 125ml ($3.20)
VITAGEN Collagen Less Sugar Cultured Milk
5 x 125ml ($4.00)
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