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Sugar Replacers – Friend or Foe?

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The sweetness of Hill & Valley products are truly sublime. But some folks are hesitant to try products that use sugar replacers (sugar alcohols). Some don’t understand what this ingredient is, others due to possible GI sensitivities.

 

Hill & Valley products contain a combination of different kinds of sugar replacers which lends to its unique sweetness. Sugar alcohols are neither a sugar nor an alcohol. It is a hybrid between a sugar molecule and an alcohol molecule.  This distinctive combo produces superb flavor, and when consumed it is slowly & incompletely absorbed in the body. That is why it is excellent for controlling blood sugar levels.

 

For some people, the fear of GI problems may stop them from enjoying these delectable desserts. Since sugar alcohols are not completely digested, fermentation occurs which produces gas. There are some tips you can follow to minimize these issues. First, do not OVER CONSUME foods that contain sugar replacers. Keep portions small. Second, slowly introduce these foods, just like you would have to do with foods that are high in fiber. Now- enjoy Hill & Valley desserts fear free!


About the Author:

Jane Reinhardt-Martin, RDNJane Reinhardt-Martin, a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist for more than 25 years and author of two books: Flax Your Way to Better Health and The Amazing Flax Cookbook. She maintains a thriving practice in Moline, Illinois.

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