Sweet treats seem to be the best addiction when you are on keto. Sugar-free jolly ranchers are one such sweet candy delight with different flavors that are very difficult to resist especially when you are not supposed to eat them. As they are sugar-free, people wonder if these sugar-free jolly ranchers are keto-friendly or not. Can they eat them while on keto without getting worried? So, let’s just clear the confusion and find some answers ourselves.
Let’s look at the nutritional content of sugar-free- jolly-ranchers. A single serving of sugar-free jolly ranchers contains:
|Serving size||4 candies (16 g)|
|Total Carbs||16 g|
|Sugar Alcohol||15 g|
|Net Carbs||1 g|
Looking at the nutrition facts and ingredients, is it good to say that sugar-free jolly ranchers are keto-friendly or not? See for yourself.
No, sugar-free jolly ranchers are not keto-friendly. Though they seem to be keto-friendly, they are not.
It is no surprise that sugar-free jolly ranchers contain almost no carbohydrates. They are sugar-free and very low in carbohydrates that are negligible in amount.
It is true that they do not contain any sugar and are very low in carbs i.e 1g carbs per serving but they still contain certain ingredients that are not keto-friendly. In 100 g of sugar-free jolly ranchers, there are 6 g of net carbs, which almost makes it less than 1 g of carb which on average is 4 candies of 16 g.
When you are on keto, you need to eat foods that are low in carbs with a low glycemic index as well. But sugar-free jolly ranchers, contain artificial sweeteners that have a high glycemic index that can sharply increase your blood sugar levels, kicking your body out of ketosis.
Let us explain the ingredients and their impact on a person following the keto diet, so you can have a better idea that how sugar-free jolly ranchers disturb your ketosis.
Sugar-free jolly ranchers are made of these ingredients:
- Natural flavor
- Artificial flavor
- Artificial color
- Acesulphame potassium
- Polyglycitol syrup
- Malic acid
- Mineral oil
As we have read the ingredients, we can now get our answers to why sugar-free jolly ranchers are not keto-friendly.
Sugar-free jolly ranchers are sugar-free with an almost negligible amount of net carbs 1g per serving, which itself is okay to be consumed on keto, does not disturb your ketosis, nor kicks you out of ketosis. But these sugar-free jolly ranchers contain artificial sweeteners isomalt and polyglycitol syrup. Both these are high glycemic index non-keto friendly sweeteners, that raise your sugar levels in the blood kicking you out of ketosis.
Polyglycitol syrup which is used as a sweetener is a blend of maltitol, sorbitol, and starch hydrolysate having a high glycemic index of 39 that can raise blood sugar levels. Maltitol is a non-keto-friendly sweetener that makes polyglycitol non-keto-friendly as well.
Sugar-free jolly ranchers are not keto-friendly. They are sugar-free, contain very low carbs: 1g per serving, and are still not keto-friendly because of the non-keto sweeteners that will throw you out of ketosis. Sugar-free jolly ranchers contain isomalt and polyglycitol, which have a high glycemic index and are not keto-friendly. So, this makes sugar-free jolly ranchers not keto-friendly as well despite being sugar-free and having very low carbohydrates.
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