Most health professionals, nutrition experts and regulatory agencies are looking for ways to reduce calories in the diet as one way to improve the health of today’s consumer. In the United States, the need has been elevated:
- Overweight. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC): the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES) and the National Health Interview Survey (NHIS) found that 69 percent of Americans are overweight or obese, with 36 percent at obese.
- Obesity. The Obesity Society reported no state in the U.S. met national health objectives from Healthy People 2010, which sought to bring obesity down to 15 percent of the state’s populations.
- Diabetes. Nearly 10 percent of the U.S. population suffers from diabetes (Source: American Diabetes Association) (even higher for the senior 65+ group at 26 percent).
Allulose does not affect blood glucose levels or interfere with insulin. As a result, allulose is an option for those looking to lose or manage their weight in addition to those with diabetes who want more choices.
When people eat more calories that they can burn, overweight and obesity are the result of this imbalance in energy, where calories in exceeds calories out. And with these conditions brings elevated risk for heart disease, high blood pressure, stroke, nonalcoholic fatty liver disease, osteoarthritis and some cancers.
Over the years, much progress has been made to help balance this imbalance, to bring ingredients to market that add little to no calories to foods and beverages. Allulose, as a new entry into the market, is a naturally-occurring, low calorie sugar that behaves like sugar, offering the taste and texture of sugar without the calories.