Sugar free natura is a low-calorie sucralose-based sweetener and can be considered a sugar substitute. This is an artificial sweetener specially made for diabetic patients, people who have serious weight loss and body-building goals. It helps in breaking down carbs and at the same time, your taste is never compromised.
So today in this article we will be reviewing sugar free nature by analyzing its ingredients and claims. Let’s begin.
Ingredients in Sugar Free Natura
- Bulking agent Lactose
- Sweetener Sucralose
- Dispersing agent Microcrystalline cellulose
- Stabilizer Pregelatinized starch and Polyvinyl pyrrolidone
- Anticaking agent Magnesium Stearate
Nutritional Information (per serving of 1 spoon per 0.5g)
Sugar Free Natura review – Analyzing ingredients and claims
The marketing strategy
The packaging of Sugar free nature mentions that we consume 300 calories on a regular basis from sugar and if we consume this as a substitute we can be saved from the intake of such high calories. This is somewhat wrong as Indian flooding habits can never include 300Kcal from sugar on a regular basis. 300Kcal of sugar can only be achieved if we are using 8 tablespoons of sugar in our daily tea, 2 tablespoons of sugar in a glass of lemonade and 5 tablespoons of sugar in 1 cup of milk. This amount of sugar is never added by Indian households and can be considered unrealistic. As a result, this can be concluded as a marketing strategy taken up by Sugar free to make their product stand out.
Bulking agent lactose
Lactose is used as a bulking agent in Sugar free Natura. Bulking agents are generally added to a product to increase the bulk of the product. A small amount of artificial sugar is enough to create sweetness. But to make it look bulky and give it a form a bulking agent is necessary. People who are lactose intolerant should avoid Sugar free natura. Lactose is safe for your health and does not have any future side effects.
Sucralose is a type of artificial sweetener used in Sugar Free Natura. Sucralose is generally made from sucrose which is itself a form of sugar. The normal sugar is chemically treated with chlorine to make it change its properties. This sugar is not utilized as a calorie in our body but carries the sweetness along with it. Sucralose is 600 times sweeter than sugar.
Sucralose is considered safe but certain studies show that sucralose can kill up to 50% of your body’s healthy bacteria (probiotic, healthy bacteria in the gut). Some studies also show that consuming too much artificial sweeteners can increase your sweet cravings but the FDA has marked sucralose as safe. As a result, you should not exceed the recommended amount of sucralose which is 5mg/kg body weight. The amount of sucralose in this product follows this recommendation.
Microcrystalline cellulose is a type of starch that is extracted from potatoes and corn. It is used as a dispersing agent in Sugar Free Natura to provide uniform texture. This does not have any side effects on our health but over-consumption can lead to nausea and diarrhea.
Pregelatinized starch and Polyvinyl pyrrolidone
Pregelatinized starch is a type of starch that is gluten-free. So even if you are allergenic to wheat you can consume this product. But as this is a starch overconsumption can lead to vomiting and nausea. Pregelatinized starch is used as a stabilizer to provide proper texture and maintain the shelf life of the product.
Another stabilizer known as the Polyvinyl pyrrolidone is used in Sugar Free Natura. This stabilizer is made from petroleum but is approved by The Who and FDA. There are no long-term studies of this stabilizer and minimal consumption is recommended.
Magnesium stearate is used as an anticaking agent in Sugar Free Natura. Anticaking agents maintain the structure of the product (in this case tablets) and prevent the formation of lumps. There are no side effects of Magnesium stearate.
So overall Sugar free natura can be considered an okay type as most of the ingredients used in this product have minor side effects over the long term. This product can be considered safe for your health. People who are lactose intolerant or have any type of allergy to any ingredient of the product should definitely avoid it. The nutritional information mentions the presence of a minimum amount of sugar which is 0.06g. Portion control is the key to a healthy life and a controlled intake of sugar free natura can help you with maintaining the sweet taste and at the same time consumption of very fewer calories.