Oligofructose…an excellent substitute for sugar and artificial sweeteners

I just did a search on PubMed for “artificial sweeteners” and came up with 162,789 resulted published articles.  Wow, it’s no wonder there are so many questions out there about which artificial sweeteners are safe and how much is too much.  I haven’t even sorted all that out yet myself- except to say that moderation is the key with sugar and artificial sweeteners alike.

However, I have come across a natural plant fiber used as a sweetener called inulin or oligofructose.  The main sources of this are Jerusalem artichoke and chicory.  It’s a sugar free sweetener with a glycemic index of approximately zero!  This means, it does not cause any surges in your insulin levels after eating making it very different from sugar or complex carbohydrates.  Studies have shown it to be helpful in stimulating the immune system, decreasing the bad bacteria in the intestine, alleviating constipation, lowering the risk of osteoporosis (by increasing the absorption of calcium in the gut), reducing the risk of plaques building up in your arteries and lowering the risk of colon cancer. In fact it seems to act very similar to dietary fiber in our bodies and some have even proposed classifying it as dietary fiber instead of it’s current classification as a carbohydrate.

If you’d like to try it out for yourselves, check out these ChocoPerfection bars.  They are sweetened with oligofructose.  That is definitely the best “sugar-free” chocolate I have ever tried with none of the side effects of sugar alcohols.  If you’re looking for a way to satisfy your sweet tooth without the sugar rush followed by the inevitable crash, try these. Absolutely delicious!!

2 Responses to “Oligofructose…an excellent substitute for sugar and artificial sweeteners”

  • GoGo LaTata:

    Getting ready to bake some chocolate chip cookies using Sweet Perfection “sugar” and ChocoPerfection chips. As amazing as their candy bars taste, I am hoping my cookies will taste just like “normal” cookies do — especially since this stuff is not cheap.

  • cathi:

    I agree ChocoPerfection Chocolate bars are really really good. When I bought the Sweet Perfection Sugar for baking, they also sent me samples of their ChocoPerfection Chocolate bars. Wow were they great tasting with no side effects. I also like thier sugar “Sweet Perfection” for baking.

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