Jalebi. Laddoo. Rasgulla. Gulab Jamun. Sandesh. There are uncountable treats for those with a sweet tooth in India. As Healthy Sugar Free Dessert. We hold our desserts so close to our hearts that it even defines the identity of our states and cities. Agra’s Petha. Mysore’s Mysore Pak. Mathura’s Peda. Maharashtra’s Modak. Our country’s nooks and corners are full of diversity, peering through our choices of sweets.
But what makes every sweet different are the ingredient that go into making it. As mindful eaters, we should learn more about the components of our favorite desserts.
Because mindless sweet glutting can lead to:
- Spike in blood sugar levels, increasing the risk of diabetes
- Higher BP
- Weight gain
- High cholesterol, increasing the risk of cardiovascular diseases
Especially In India, about 77 million people above the age of 18 are suffering from type 2 diabetes. Surprisingly, more than 50% of patients remain unaware of being diabetic until it leads to further complications.
Should we stop eating healthy sugar free dessert altogether, then?
No. But we should practice caution and mindful eating.
- Start by understanding the ingredients of your food items
- Look for desserts with low-carb, sugar-free, and whole-food ingredients, instead of artificial colors, added sugars, and flavoring extracts
- Check the Glycemic Load (always choose lower GI), and calorie and carb content before consumption
And when checking ingredients, watch out for some of these misleading claims:
Which is why even if a label makes certain claims, it doesn’t mean it’s healthy. One of the ways in which we at Artinci have tried hard over these years, is to be honest with our ingredients.
Hand-picking the right ingredients to make healthy sugar free dessert:
Sweetness is not the villain of our unhealthy stories, but its source is.
Esppecially Our food philosophy at Artinci revolves around using ingredients with
- the lowest Glycemic Index (GI), and
- good calories
These combinations ensure you have a balanced diet of proteins, carbohydrates, and fat, with no carb overload or GI load.
Glycemic Index (GI) indicates how quickly your food causes a rise in your blood sugar (sugar spike), on a scale of 0 to 130. Food items listed with GI value of 0-55 are Low Glycemic Index food that keeps our blood sugar levels healthy. A good thumb rule to remember:
Low GI = Low carbs (Almost always).
We are also not afraid to embrace good calories that are the source of nutrition and energy for our bodies. So all of Artinci’s hand-picked, ultra-premium quality ingredients are blended with plant-based sweeteners that bring you sugar-free joy.
I have had a philosophy since 2012, when I was first diagnosed pre-diabetic and was shaken enough to start paying close attention to my food overall. That is when I decided that I will never eat empty and low quality calories in my desserts. It is possible to get nutrition from even dessert by choosing wisely and timing it right. At Artinci, we go the extra mile and have completely eliminated maida and sugar. That’s not all, we put back so much goodness into our desserts - super seeds like flax, sunflower and pumpkin seeds and healthy nuts like almonds, coconuts - just so that an Artinci dessert satiates you with its nutrient density, while giving you the yummmm taste that you were looking for, to begin with
So what are our golden ingredients exactly?
This is the gold we’ve struck!
Our sweetener blend at Artinci is truly the golden component of our mouth-watering delicacies. It contains 3 main ingredients with 0-1 GI and are ultra low calorie:
- Polyols - Extracted from natural sources like corn through fermentation
- Pre-biotic Fibers (FOS) - Obtained from enzyme reactions that ferment sugar
- Stevia - Natural sweetener
We do not add any artificial sweeteners like sucralose, saccharin, or aspartame. Our unique sweetener blend is a lab-certified Low Glycemic Index component (certified at the Central Food Technology and Research Institute, Mysore) that helps us achieve a sweet flavor with zero sugar.
There are multiple health benefits of these ingredients, like:
Pre-biotic Fibers (FOS) may:
- Promote the growth of healthy bacteria in the digestive tract
- Protect against unhealthy bacteria
- Decrease cholesterol levels
- Reduce constipation, being a good source of dietary fiber
Stevia is considered to have no calories, so it may:
Stevia also does not cause any kind of allergic reactions. Together, these work magic:
- Polyols pass through the body unprocessed without altering blood sugar levels, as humans lack the enzyme to digest them
- Prebiotic fiber assists healthy gut bacteria with better digestion and builds immunity
- Stevia is a plant extract with low calories (due to lower sucrose content) and poses no risk of cavities
Remember that these components are safe for consumption, but you should always exercise moderation, as you would ensure while having any regular dessert..
Mixing the secrets to build our treasure:
Did you know that Stevia is 300 times sweeter than sugar? It’s a common question why we don’t use only Stevia as our sugar-free sweetener. But the trick is mixing all our ingredients carefully, as Stevia comes with a bitter overtone. We need components like Erythritol and FOS (Fructo-oligosaccharide) to harness its sweetness and nullify the bitter flavor.
That’s our sweet secret heathly sugar free dessert.
When we started making desserts with no added sugar, I had to personally persuade and convince myself first. I read dozens of scientific papers to understand the vast world of alternate sweeteners and look through their nutrition values thoroughly to ensure that I was not putting myself, my family or our consumers at risk by choosing conventional alternate sweeteners that are sugar-free in name only, but are more harmful than sugar even. It took us about 9 months of research and trials to get the sweetness profile just right, by staying committed to using only very low GI and ultra-low calorie sweeteners.
But when we started the quest for a perfect sugar-free sweetener, our experts were also apprehensive, and wanted to ensure that we put the safest product we know, in your hands. With extensive research and product trials, we formulated our sweet potion to reach you with every Artinci sugar-free product.
Especially Besides our healthy sweetener, all our products contain real ingredients - Cashew & Cranberries Chocolate has real cashew and cranberries, all our Dark Chocolate has 60% real chocolate couverture. Our wide range of cakes is completely maida free, as we trust the goodness of almond flour. The ingredient list of our cookies boasts nutritious components like almonds, sunflower and pumpkin seeds, coconut, and antioxidant dark chocolate.
Although Mixing a healthy sweetener with whole food ingredients has laid the foundation for our collection of healthy desserts at Artinci. With our carefully curated cookies, chocolates, ice creams, and cakes, you can achieve all your health goals with no compromise on life’s sweetness! Shop Now from our collections.