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Not all sugar-free candies have fewer calories
If your throat is scratchy or dry, sucking a candy can often quickly provide relief. Many use sugar-free products, after all, the teeth should not be stressed. Some also think that this saves calories. But that is not necessarily true.
Sucking stimulates the flow of saliva
Especially in the cold season, many people like to grab a candy. Sucking stimulates the flow of saliva and so moisturizes the mouth and throat. This can not only help against dry mouth, but also against cough and bad breath. It is usually recommended to prefer sugar-free products, among other things, so as not to damage the teeth. However, anyone who believes that this also saves calories is not always right.
Sugar-free sweets don't necessarily have fewer calories
"Anyone who buys sugar-free sweets in the hope of saving calories should take a close look at the nutritional information," wrote the Bavarian Consumer Agency on its website.
Because, according to the experts, their energy content is often comparable to that of sugary sweets.
As Heidrun Schubert, nutrition expert at the Bavarian Consumer Center, explains, "without sugar" or "sugar-free" means that the advertised product may contain a maximum of 0.5 grams of sugar per 100 grams or 100 milliliters.
"There is no requirement for calorie content, however," says Schubert.
Sugar substitutes or sweeteners
According to the consumer advice center, sugar in foods labeled as "sugar-free" is often replaced by other sweeteners.
Sugar substitutes or sweeteners are often used for this.
While sweeteners are practically calorie-free, sugar substitutes provide two to four kilocalories (kcal) per gram.
For comparison, the energy content of table sugar is around four kilocalories per gram. (ad)