Satiate your sweet tooth

Filed on November 14, 2019
Unlike sugar, sweeteners don't raise blood sugar levels, and many diabetics have reported that sweeteners help them curb their cravings

The calorie-free nature of sweeteners can satisfy your sweet tooth, while keeping your body sugar levels under control

Special occasions in the UAE are synonymous with sweet treats, ranging from kunafa and umm ali, to gulab jamun and cheesecakes. However, the high sugar content in these delights often compromise on health, one of which is weight gain.

Those looking to satiate their sweet tooth may find the calorie-free nature of sweeteners an ideal alternative, giving advantage. These keep the calories off, while maintaining the same great taste of your favourite desserts and beverages - be it cupcakes or cappuccinos.

According to recent reports, 19.3 per cent of the UAE population suffer from diabetes with 36 per cent overweight, and more than 39 per cent on borderline obesity. With obesity becoming epidemic, health-conscious consumers are increasingly replacing sugar with moderate amounts of sweeteners.

These products can help you get the sweetness you crave, while saving your waistline. One of its other appealing aspects is that they have virtually no calories and make for a great weight loss companion. Additionally, you only need a fraction of it compared to the amount of sugar normally used.

Sweeteners also have a number of other benefits, such as helping diabetics control their carbohydrate and blood glucose levels. The key to managing diabetes is proper regulation of sugar intake.

It can be difficult to indulge in sweets without ingesting real sugar. But unlike sugar, sweeteners don't raise blood sugar levels because they are not carbohydrates. Reportedly, many diabetics have found that sweeteners have in fact helped them curb their cravings.

Consuming these may also be beneficial for your oral hygiene. Sugar from delicious desserts can get stuck to your teeth and produce acids that could lead to decay and cavities, which can be avoided by opting for sweeteners.

One product that has carved a niche in the market is Tropicana Slim, which can go a long way in helping people adopt a healthy lifestyle. It is a healthier substitute for regular sugar, as it is sugar-free.

It is made from corn/cassava extract (Sorbitol), Sucralose and Stevia. The sweetener has no preservatives and leaves no bitter aftertaste, making it ideal for hot and cold drinks, as well as all household cooking and baking needs. 

Each sachet of Tropicana Slim (2g) contains zero calories. It is equivalent in sweetness to two teaspoons of sugar, which contain 40 calories. It is available in four varieties to cater to the needs of different age groups. It is available in Classic, Diabetics, Lemon and Zero Cal, which is ideal for baking and cooking.

Sweeteners can be used in a wide variety of ways as they are available in packets that can be easily added in the coffee you consume or the granules can be used as a substitute while baking and can be used to add sweetness to almost anything.

Like everything in life, it is important to moderate the use of the sweeteners. They are not a shortcut to weight loss, but consuming them in moderation can satisfy without compromising dental health or adding too many calories, not just during celebrations or holidays, but it can also be part of an overall healthy lifestyle.

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