TREND ALARM: KETOGENIC SNACKS
What is ketogenic diet? In summary, it is a diet that causes the body to release ketones into the blood stream. So what is ketone? Ketones are components that are released by breaking down body fat. This means that the body begins to burn the stored fat used as a fuel. So when you get low carbohydrates and more fat to your body, the body changes its fuel and starts to burn fat. Depending on the physical characteristics of the person, people who are usually fed 20-50 g of carbohydrate and below, enter the stage called ketosis within a few days, leaving at least 16 hours between the first and last meal. Of course, one of the most important points for those who want to lose weight with this diet is to create a calorie deficit and to get enough protein and fat.
Ketogenic diet has been used since 1920s for the treatment of nervous system diseases such as epilepsy, especially in children. Today, it minimizes carbohydrate and sugar consumption and suppresses insulin secretion and is used in the treatment of diseases such as diabetes and insulin resistance.
What does the industry do about it?
Sugar, which we see in almost all of the packaged foods, is shown in the nutritional value table apart from carbohydrate. Consumers do not want this value to exceed 5 g per serving. The growing trend of recent years is now looking for the phrase "no sugar added" in high protein, fiber snacks. But without the taste of sugar, this type of snacks does not give the usual taste.
This is exactly why natural alternatives that can be used instead of sugar are increasing day by day. Inulin is one of these natural resources because it is a fiber derived from plants. Stevia is another alternative but more preferred in beverages. One other alternative with low glycemic index is Monk fruit that grows in the far east.
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