For the first time ever, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has excluded the Allulose sugar from the total sugar in labeling. It has allowed the exclusion of Allulose from list which declares the sugar content or the nutritional information.
Allulose (D-psicose) is a low calorie monosaccharide or a single sugar which is found naturally in some foods such as wheat, jackfruit, figs, and raisins. It is known as the “rare sugar” as it occurs only in few food items.
Allulose has the same texture of sugar and even tastes exactly like table sugar. Coming to its calorific value, it has approximately 0.4 calories per gram, which is only 1/10th of the calories contained inside the table sugar. And unlike its counterpart, Allulose isn’t harmful to your teeth. It doesn’t cause calories.
Studies have shown that Allulose does not raise the insulin levels or the blood sugar levels. Hence, it can be consumed by people who are conscious about their sugar intake or are suffering from diabetes. It improves beta cell function and also leads to less belly fat gain when compared to other sweetening agents.
Recently this week, the FDA released draft guidance for Allulose containing/based products. This draft mentioned that when declaring the total and the added sugars on the nutritional information listing, the Allulose based products can exclude its sugar content.
This is a big deal as the FDA has never allowed this previously. It declared this decision as a reflection of their flexible scientific approach in the labeling of the food products.
Amy Jamieson-Petonic, a clinical dietician at the University Hospitals Medical center mentioned that Allulose has the potential to act as a positive addition in their nutritional programs. Other experts have also mentioned that Allulose can help in weight loss and also in proper health management.