Sugar Free is a category of artificial sweeteners products from Zydus Cadila. These products are used as replacement of normal table sugar. They taste similar to sugar but does not contain calorie. Consuming one teaspoon of sugar gives twenty calorie whereas these products give negligible calories. Sugar Free Gold and Sugar Free Natura differ from each other in terms of ingredient. Gold is targeted for diabetes and Natura for health conscious individuals.
What is Sugar Free Natura
Sugar Free Natura was introduced in 2004 in Indian market by Zydus Cadila. Natura is made from Sucralose, a no?calorie sugar substitute that is derived from sugar through a multi?step manufacturing process. It is 600 times sweeter than sugar.
Natura can be used as replacement of sugar virtually in any preparations from table top applications to desserts, sweets, halwa, mixed fruit custard, ice cream, kheer etc. It is suitable for replacement of jaggery and sugar in cooking and baking. Sugar Free Natura contains zero calories per pellet.
Natura is available in powder and tablet form. It is ideal for people with diabetes, anyone trying to reduce sugar intake or control energy intake.
What is Sugar Free Gold
Sugar Free Gold is an artificial sweetener. It contains aspartame. Aspartame is made from a protein derivative (a combination of three amino acids, namely phenylalanine, aspartic acid and methanol). It is 200 times sweeter than sugar. Aspartame is the largest selling sweetener worldwide.
Sugar Free Gold contains about 0.4 calories per pellet. It is used as a table sweetener, suited for tea, coffee, milk, cornflakes, soft drinks, kheer etc. One pellet of Sugar Free Gold is equivalent to 1 teaspoon of sugar.
It is added to dish just before consumption. It is ideal for health conscious, overweight and diabetics.
What is Aspartame
Aspartame is artificial non-nutritive sweetener. It is a methyl ester of a dipeptide and used in over 90 countries worldwide in over 6, 000 products. It was discovered accidently in 1965 by a chemist in US, when he was working on a new drug to treat gastric ulcers. Now it is the most commonly used artificial sweetener after saccharine. Aspartame is approved by US FDA and European Union.
On digestion it is converted to three components viz. aspartic acid, phenylalanine, and methanol. Aspartame is very stable in dry conditions. But degrades in prolonged heat treatment in aqueous solutions. This breakdown results in loss of sweetness.