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SugarChecked is an app that, upon scanning a product, gives the user an alert based on their personal dietary sugar/sweetener preferences. If the product is deemed undesirable for the user, then the app suggests suitable and related alternatives. SugarChecked will not only help users avoid unwanted ingredients that are hidden in products, but also aim to educate the user on what the four options are, and why they may or may not want to avoid them.
NATURAL LOW-CAL SWEETENER
Natural low-calorie sweeteners are the category of sweeteners with very little to no calorie content and are often derived from plant parts. They are either extracted into a liquid or processed into a powdered extract. Most Natural low-calorie sweeteners like Stevia or Agave Nectar, are much sweeter than sugar when compared by volume, thus less is needed for the same effect.
Added sugars are naturally derived, yet processed sugars that can be used to sweeten, volumize or add texture to any kind of food product. Table sugar, corn syrup, malt syrup and dextrose are only a few forms of sugar that are commonly added to food products. Added sugars are not just found in desserts and candy, but are also common in cereals, breads and dairy products.
Sugar alcohols are natural carbohydrates called polyols derived from fruits and vegetables. They have a slightly different chemical number and structure compared to sugar, which gives them the same look and taste as sugar, but they are not as sweet nor as caloric as sugar when compared by volume.
Artificial sweeteners are synthetic food additives that add sweetness to food but do not have the caloric energy that sugar does. Most artificial sweeteners contain zero calories and are much sweeter than sugar. As they are hundreds of times more sweeter than sugar, some are called “high intensity sweeteners.”
Please note that our apps are not responsible for any inconsistencies/discrepancies between the information provided by one of our apps and the product contents. If allergic or experiencing another form of dietary restriction, one should still read the product declaration before preparing food/taking our advice.