Nutrition 1 MIN READ

The bittersweet impact of gummy bears on glucose metabolism

Written by Team Ultrahuman

Nov 01, 2022

Gummy bears are most people’s favourite due to their sweet flavours. However, their impact on blood sugar levels is impossible to ignore. The main ingredients in gummy bears are sugar, corn syrup, and gelatin. The body quickly absorbs all these ingredients, leading to a rapid spike in blood sugar levels. Sure, they also contain some protein, but their overall consumption can harm you with the risk of diabetes due to high glucose and sucrose levels.

Maintaining your blood sugar while eating gummy bears
• Use sweeteners with a low glycemic index, such as stevia, monk fruit extract, or erythritol. These sweeteners don’t spike blood sugar levels and are much lower in calories than traditional sugar.
• Instead of sugary syrups or fruit juice, you can opt for sugar-free flavourings like extracts, concentrates, or natural herbs.
• Cutting down on the portion sizes of gummies can help reduce sugar intake. Consider making smaller gummies or using mini moulds to make bite-sized treats.

Gummy bears are high in sugar, which makes them have a high glycemic index. However, gummies with low glycemic indexes are healthier than high glycemic index gummies. Hence, it is essential to regulate your intake even with sugar-free gummies, as they also contain artificial sweeteners that can impact your glucose levels upon high consumption.

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