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Frequently Asked Questions

1. What is Sugar Free?

  • Sugar Free products are produced by replacing table sugar (Sucrose) with low calorie substitutes known as Sugar substitutes
  • Sugar substitutes are also known as sweeteners or low calorie substitutes (LCS)
  • There are more than 10 types of Sugar substitutes that are available in the market, approved by government agencies

2. What sugar free substitutes do Zeugar use? Are they natural?

  • Zeugar uses 3 types of sugar substitutes – Stevia, Sucralose and Maltitol. All of them are made from natural substances
  • Stevia is directly extracted from a plant, whereas both Sucralose and Maltitol are made from Sugar itself
  • We do not use lab-produced chemical substances like Aspartame

3. How does Sugar Free foods help reduce calories in the food? Does reducing calories help diet control

  • A large part of calories from Sweet dishes come from sugar itself. Sugar provides 420 Calories per 100 gm. The substitutes we use have extremely low calories. For e.g., both Sucralose and Stevia has < 1 calorie to provide the same amount of sweetness as 10 gms of Sugar. Therefore, by avoiding Sugar and replacing them with low calorie substitutes like Sucralose and Stevia, the total calories in a dish will be significantly lower
  • Calories are also reduced as we use low fat milk instead of full fat milk (low fat milk has < 65% of the calories of full fat milk)
  • Reducing calorie intake help in managing weight. A normal human being requires 1500-2000 calories per day. Any excess consumption will get converted as fat and get deposited in the body. By reducing calories therefore, weight management is achieved

4. Is Zeugar products safe for diabetics?

  • In limited quantities (1-2 pack at a time), it is safe as there is no Sugar Added.
  • However, there maybe other ingredients in the dishes (E.g., Flour, Butter, Cream), that may not be very ideal for diabetics. Hence always consume in moderation
  • We only sell single serve portions, to avoid excess consumption
  • We also use only diabetic friendly fruits (We do not use fruits like Mangoes, Pineapple, Watermelon, Banana etc)

5. What is Glycaemic Index (GI)? How is it important for Diabetics? What is the GI for the substitutes you use?

  • Glycaemic index is a number. It gives you an idea about how fast the body converts the carbohydrates in the food to glucose. Two foods with the same amount of carbohydrates can have different glycaemic index numbers.
  • The smaller the number, the less impact the food has on your blood sugar.
    • 55 or less = Low (good)
    • 56- 69 = Medium
    • 70 or higher = High (bad)
  • GI is very important for diabetics as it determines how fast your blood sugar level increases after consuming a particular food
  • Normal Sugar has a GI of 70, whereas the substitutes we use has much lower GI
    • Sucralose and Stevia has GI <1
    • Maltitol has GI of 35
  • Replacing Sugar with low GI substitutes help lower the overall GI of the dish hence making it safer for diabetics

6. How safe are these Sugar Substitutes? Are they chemicals?

  • All our Sugar substitutes are either naturally occurring or made from naturally occurring materials (explained in #2)
  • All our ingredients are approved by FSSAI (Food Safety and Standards Authority of India), the govt body in charge of food safety
  • They are also approved by the American Food standards Authority (FDA)
  • These products are widely available globally, used by millions of people
  • Some of the first-generation sugar substitutes like Saccharin and Aspartame used to have some side effects, but we do not use any of them

7. If these foods are so beneficial, why are they not popularly available

  • Many of the reputed Food companies like Amul, Haldiram’s, Coke, Britannia all have Sugar Free products. Even Milma has sugar free ice creams
  • They are, however, not widely available as it is a low focus item for these large companies

8. Are there any side effects for the sugar substitutes we use? Google gives scary results!

  • Excess consumption (More than 400 gms at a time) may cause laxative effects in few people. It is nothing to worry about and is the same as having other dishes like Tapioca or Jack Fruit
  • If you google “Negative side effects of Sugar Free”, you may find scary results. But try the same for any normal dishes you love (Tea, Coffee, Eggs, anything) and you will find such similar results. They are neither scientifically proven, nor has any proven basis.