A person looking for sugar free candy may do so for any number of reasons, they may be on a diet, have an allergy, be diabetic or as times change they may being looking for a less expensive option. Sugar free sweetening alternatives are often cheaper for candy manufacturers to use. That means that it is becoming more economical for many candy companies to offer sugar substitutes in candy and to pass on the savings to consumers. Sugar free candy has the same great taste as sugar filled candy but of course without some of the unwanted side effects that come with over-indulgence or medical issues. If that’s you, fear not, sugar alternatives are available for every type of sugar free candy and that includes chocolate.
The biggest concern about sugar is of course for diabetics and those with allergies. These are people who simply cannot afford to eat sweet treats. Diabetes is a disease which creates insulin imbalances in the body which cannot tolerate ingestion of glucose, the natural sugar found in sugar cane, because of already high blood sugar levels. This is different from a sugar allergy. Sugar allergy or intolerance carries with it the same risks as any food allergy and is dependant upon the severity of the allergy and the individual sufferer. Consuming sugars (maybe one type, maybe several) can lead to rashes, itching, watery eyes and all of the symptoms that allergies can throw at a person. Like diabetics these people must stay away from sugar.
Others want to reduce their sugar intake for dietary reasons; it may be that a person is trying to knock off a few pounds or is just attempting to live a healthier lifestyle (although natural sugars are good for you in moderation). Sugar intake associated with healthy eating is approximately 70 grams of added sugar per day. Those wanting to lose weight can reduce that amount of intake further by consuming products that are either sugar free or which contain sugar substitutes.
Whichever of the situations above you find yourself in, the good news is that you do not have to give up one of the great joys in life; you can still enjoy sweet treats without threatening your health. In fact candy producers are so aware of the needs of those with these conditions/lifestyle choices that there is virtually every type of candy available in a sugar free version. A few excellent suggestions follow.
Try Hershey’s sugar free milk chocolate bars, with or without almonds, to satisfy a chocolate craving. Sugar free gum is very popular and often designed to clean teeth and freshen breath as well. Some highly recommended brands include Dentyne ice gum, Altoids sugar free gum tins, Ice Breakers ice cubes sugar free gum and Eclipse sugar free gum. For good old candy satisfaction in sugar free candy alternatives, try out sugar free Haribo gummy bears, sugar free IBC root beer candy, sugar free peanut butter bars or any of the sugar free candy favorites like lollipops, mints, gummi sour candy and almond butter toffee.