I have always been of the opinion that sugar substitutes never really work! Incidentally, last time I went to my doc, we fell into talking about sugar cravings and how to prevent diabetes. That was when he assured me that sugar substitutes actually work very well towards preventing diabetes.
But, I still have my doubts on how many calories they reduce? These sugar substitutes have weird tastes which hinder with the taste and flavor of the food. This was a problem with even the natural sweetener, stevia. Stevia leaves a very raw and harsh flavor behind.
So, when I got a chance to try out this sugar substitute, I decided to give it a try! And, lets see whether I liked it or not. Now, before proceeding, I would like to add that I can not really comment on how many calories this substitute reduces!! Now, lets check out its essentials.
- Price : Rs 249 for 75gms
- Availability : Online Website
- Packaging : As you can see it comes in a plastic bottle with a spoon to scoop out enough of the product. The brand claims 1 spoon of Vellife sugar substitute = 1 spoon of sugar.
- Texture : It looks just like powdered sugar.
- Ingredients : As seen in the pic below!
Usage and Results
Let us check out the various claims of the product first which can also be found on the products website!
- Has a low glycemic index.
- Does not contain artificial sweeteners. Maltodextrin is one of the dangerous additives with high glycemic index generally present in sugar substitutes which this product completely avoids.
- Is a unique blend of constituents of natural stevia.
- can be used by diabetics.
- heat stable so no change in taste even after frying or baking.
As I mentioned earlier, 1 spoon of the sugar substitute gives the same sweetness like 1 spoon of sugar. I did use this product in as many dishes as possible.
While it does not give any weird taste in rasam (you do put a little sugar in sambar or rasam to enhance the sourness of tamarind) or even in the cake I had baked, but it does give a weird taste when making tea or coffee.
So, not that good a choice for your beverages!
Though I can not really comment on the claim of calories being less in the product, it can definitely be given a try considering it avoids maltodextrin which is notorious for its effects if taken in abundance. Btw, let me make it clear that maltodextrin is helpful if taken in limited quantities.
Have you tried this product? Or, do you prefer any other sugar substitute?