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Better choices

Sarah Taryam


Writer, show Jumper, nature lover, fitness enthusiast and the Arts Editor of Gulf Today


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The sugar epidemic is real, but people are definitely starting to wake up to the fact that it needs to be eliminated from our diets. This week we take a look at the problems a high sugar diet causes as well as some sugar replacements that are being used instead of white sugar in foods.

A survey conducted by market research firm Euromonitor found that 37 per cent of consumers globally are looking for products with no sugar, no added sugar or low sugar. While it is not a huge percentage it is still good, we want to be healthier. With obesity rates increasing an alternative to sugar really needs to be used in all foods.

Allulose has one-tenth the calories of sugar and is one-third less sweet. It is the most common among alternative sweeteners and is already found in packaged foods like biscuits, cake mixes and low-carb bread. This sweetener does not promote bacteria growth which results in cavities.

In other news this week, turn to our Beauty pages to read about how to take care of your skin in this cooler weather. A slight change in how you take care of your skin will keep it healthy and glowing as we move into our beautiful winter season. However, the main ingredient of your skincare regime should still be sunblock. Don’t let the clouds fool you, your skin still needs sun protection.

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