Sugar Free Sunday & Sugar Alcohols
Welcome to one of the sweetest weekly virtual potluck get-together ever! Yes indeed — it is Sugar Free Sunday! We host it every Sunday to exchange incredible sugar free recipes. Inspiration to start the week right? You bet!
This last week, I came to know of an interesting statistic from my cousin who is about to start his medical residency. If the current food trends continue in the US, the next generation i.e. my two year olds generation will have 1 in 3 diabetics! I started looking for more information and found some CDC articles that were published in 2003, but nothing recent. While researching these articles I came across something called “Sugar Alcohol” which is used at times to control Diabetes.
As per the wiki, a sugar alcohol (also known as a polyol, polyhydric alcohol, or polyalcohol) is a hydrogenated form of carbohydrate, whose carbonyl group (aldehyde or ketone, reducing sugar) has been reduced to a primary or secondary hydroxyl group (hence the alcohol). The wiki has an interesting table where it lists the different types of sugar alcohols and compares the sweetness to table sugar (sucrose). Some sugar-free candies contain sugar alcohols. A while back, Raj did a post on Maltitol which is a sugar alcohol. Now some sugar alcohols are extracted from plants (sorbitol from corn syrup and mannitol from seaweed), but they are mostly manufactured from sugars and starches.
About.com explains the possible problems that sugar alcohol can cause in real simple terms. Though the word “alcohol” is part of their name, they cannot get you drunk. But because they are not completely absorbed, they can ferment in the intestines and cause bloating, gas, or diarrhea. People can have different reactions to different sugar alcohols and careful experimentation is advised.
Interesting but drastic side note: The simplest sugar alcohol, ethylene glycol, is the sweet, but notoriously toxic (can cause death), chemical used in antifreeze!
How do you participate in the virtual potluck?
- Link your recipe post (NOT your homepage) if it does not use refined sugar. Your blog does not have to be entirely sugar free, just the dish you’re sharing!
- Please link back to this get-together somewhere in your post’s text. It’s a great way to invite your readers to the fun!
- Want to make something sweet without using refined sugar? Just check out all the ways to satisfy your sweet tooth without refined sugar here.
- Your link doesn’t have to be to a sweet dish! We love to see your sugar free appetizers, entrees, soups, snacks — well — you get the idea!
- Please don’t link to carnivals or giveaways. This is a party; bring a dish to share!
- In the ‘Name’ field, please enter who you are and what you’re linking. For example Sonia would put: Bean Kale Pasta Soup [Sonia @ Flip Cookbook]
- It’s not a party if no one chats! Please join the conversation by leaving a message in the comments section below. Also make sure you have the ‘Notify Me’ checkbox selected so that you can listen as well!
- Sign up for free to our new venture Velvet Aroma. It’s a visual way to read the blogs you love and really bring their recipes into your kitchen.
We’re so excited to see what you’re cooking….. Sugar Free!
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