Can 0 sucrose, 0 sugar, and 0 calories really return to zero?
With the enhancement of national health awareness, many 0-sugar concept foods advertised as "trend and healthy" have been launched on the market. They are popular with young people, weight loss fitness people, and people with diabetes.
But can these products marked with 0 really return to zero? Is it healthy to go back to zero?
Let’s first understand the concept of 0. The General Rules for Nutrition Labeling of Prepackaged Foods in my country stipulates that the sugar content of each 100ml or 100g of food is less than or equal to 0.5g, which can be regarded as sugar-free, and the total energy is less than 17kJ (about 4kcal), which can be called No energy. That is to say, "0-sugar" or "0-calorie" foods are not necessarily absolute 0 values, but may only be very low in content and can be ignored.
What are the common sugars in our daily life? The soft white sugar, white granulated sugar and brown sugar commonly used in our homes are mainly sucrose. But in addition to sucrose, there are many sugars, such as fructose and glucose often found in honey, lactose often found in milk, and maltose, trehalose, etc., which are all sugars. So sucrose is sugar, but 0 sucrose ≠ 0 sugar. 0 Sucrose products are likely to be added with other sugars such as fructose or maltose, and there is no significant difference in total carbohydrates and total energy. Be sure to keep your eyes open when choosing this type of food, and read the ingredient list and nutrition label.
Most of the current zero-sugar foods use sugar substitutes, such as xylitol, maltitol, steviol glycosides, mogrosides, and so on. 0-sugar pastry is a typical 0-sugar food, but its carbohydrate, fat content and total energy are not low, especially diabetics must pay attention, not just 0-sugar food can eat more.
In addition, some sugar substitutes hardly participate in sugar metabolism and do not produce energy, so many 0-sugar and 0-calorie beverages basically use this type of sugar substitute. Compared with traditional carbonated beverages that often add a dozen cubes of sugar, it may have certain health benefits. When it comes to thirst quenching, freedom, and no burden, it must be an all-purpose coolness.
Therefore, friends who love sweets, must pay attention to a reasonable diet and eat sugar in moderation, in order to be healthy and long-term.