Editor’s note: I wrote this article as a freelancer for Chowhound.com (formerly owned by CBS Interactive). This piece was published by Chowhound.com on Feb. 18, 2020. I uploaded a portion of the article to my online portfolio on April 22, 2021.

Allulose, a rare type of sugar that is found in some dried fruits, brown sugar, and maple syrup, is just one of the many natural sweeteners that are vying for traditional table sugar’s place in our pantries. But should you try it, and if you do, what can you expect?

What Is Allulose? And What Are Its Benefits?

Unlike table sugar (or sucrose), which is a disaccharide made from two monosaccharides (glucose and fructose), allulose (or psicose) is a monosaccharide (or simple sugar) that has just 70 percent of the sweetness of sucrose.

Like fellow sweetener erythritol, allulose has gained popularity among many on the ketogenic diet or other low-carb diets.

Allulose, which looks a lot like regular sugar when granulated, contains about 0.4 calories per gram. When you compare that to sugar, which has 4 calories per gram, that’s a significant difference. And, according to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), consuming allulose has little to no effect on the blood glucose or insulin levels.

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