WHAT IS SUCRALOSE?
Sucralose is the sweetener used in Fiberfit. It is the only artificial sweetener in the market that tastes like sugar. Aspartame, asulfame-k and other sweeteners have their own taste. Sucralose is made from sugar by exchanging 3 hydrogen-oxygen groups with 3 chlorine atoms in a sucralose molecule. This makes sucralose 600 times sweeter than sugar, but with no caloric value because it is not digested.
DOES FIBERFIT RAISE BLOOD GLUCOSE?
Studies and clinical trials have proved that sucralose does not raise blood glucose in humans. It cannot be digested, so it does not contribute any carbohydrates to increase blood glucose. It is digestion resistant and also does not breakdown into carbs and calories. Bear in mind that all artificial sweeteners should be used in moderation and should not be an excuse to binge on sweet-tasting foods and drinks. Over-consumption may lead to increased blood glucose.
WHY DOES FIBERFIT HAVE 8 CALORIES AND DO THEY MATTER?
The calories come from the soluble fiber. However, while 2 grams per 5ml serving technically provide 8 calories, the fiber is not digested. Therefore, the “net carbs” are zero and calories cannot be extracted it.
WHAT IS SOLUBLE DIETARY FIBER AND WHAT DOES IT DO?
There are two kinds of dietary fiber: soluble and insoluble. The difference is that soluble fiber can dissolve in water. Neither of them are digestible and have no nutritional value. Studies have shown dietary fiber helps slow carbohydrate breakdown and blood sugar absorption in Type 2 diabetes. High fiber diets can help Type 1 diabetes by improving blood sugar control and reducing blood sugar lows. They both promote healthy processing of food in our gastro-intestinal systems. Fiber helps keep our digestive systems healthy and regular. It helps maintain a healthy body weight, helps with heart health. It does not contribute to an increase in blood sugar. Sources of fiber are whole grains, legumes, fruits, and vegetables. The normal daily requirement for dietary fiber is from 25 grams (for women) to 35 grams (for men) per day. Most Americans get much less than their daily requirement. Fiberfit helps them get extra fiber into their diets. One 5ml serving (about a teaspoon) contains 2 grams of soluble fiber.
WHAT DOES “PREBIOTIC” MEAN?
The soluble fiber in Fiberfit is “prebiotic”. Not to be confused with “probiotic”. According to Wikipedia, “dietary prebiotics are typically nondigestible fiber compounds that pass undigested through the upper part of the gastrointestinal tract and stimulate the growth or activity of advantageous bacteria that colonize the large bowel”. In constrast, probiotics are “probiotics are live microorganisms intended to provide health benefits when consumed, generally by improving or restoring the gut flora.”
IS FIBERFIT GLUTEN-FREE?
Yes. The soluble fiber in Fiberfit is a liquid form of maltodextrin derived from corn, not wheat. Therefore, it is gluten-free.
HOW CAN I USE FIBERFIT?
Fiberfit is formulated to be 8 times sweeter than the equivalent amount of sugar. This makes it easy to calculate for recipes. Fiberfit is appropriate for cooking, baking, mixing with other liquids such as coffee, tea, juices and liquors. It’s only limitation is that the sucralose in it will not caramelize, so it cannot be substituted into recipes that call for caramelization, such as glazes, hard candy making and some baking.
HOW IS FIBERFIT DIFFERENT FROM SPLENDA™ AND APRIVA™?
Fiberfit, Splenda and Apriva all use sucralose. However, Fiberfit is significantly different. Fiber has fiber in it. Splenda does not. Fiberfit is 8 times sweeter than sugar. Splenda has about the same sweetness as sugar. Fiberit uses only sucralose for its sweeteness. Splenda is a blend of sucralose, maltodextrin, and dextrose. Maltodextrin and dextrose are sugars. Fiberfit has no net carbohydrates and thus no calories. Splenda claims to be no-calorie, but due to FDA regulations. a product with less than .5 gram of carbs is allowed to be labeled as no-calorie. In a small serving of Splenda, the amounts of dextrose and maltodextrin in Splenda are quite low, well under a gram, so allowed to be stated as zero. However, if you need a large amount of Splenda, when baking, for example, when half a cup of sugar is called for, those small amounts of carbs add up to an unhealthy amount of calories. Apriva is basically Splenda (it contains dextrose and maltodextrin), plus non-digestible fiber. It has about 1/2 the sweetness of Fiberfit. In the end, Fiberfit is the best choice if you are serious about no carbs and no calories.
WHY IS FIBERFIT MADE WITH SUCRALOSE INSTEAD OF STEVIA?
Unlike sucralose, stevia doesn’t taste like sugar and can have a noticeable aftertaste. Ingredients such as dextrose and aspartame are added to improve that. Stevia has about 1/3 the sweetness of sucralose. While often marketed as a “natural” product because it comes from a plant leaf, stevia used in foods is a highly refined, chemically extracted product. We tried to formulate a stevia-based Fiberfit, but due to its lower sweetness factor and the concentration we needed to make a strong product, we were unable produce thin liquid similar to our sucralose-based Fiberfit.
WHAT ABOUT SUGAR ALCOHOL SWEETENERS SUCH AS MALITOL, SORBITOL, ETC.?
Sugar alcohols have some amount of calories per gram. That did not fit our goal of a calorie-free sweetener. Sugar alcohols may cause gastric upset in many people. Most are not as sweet as sugar and depending on the particular sugar alcohol can have an aftertaste.