Dr Joanna McMillan, Nutritionist.

Dr Joanna McMillan studied at The Robert Gordon University in Aberdeen Scotland and gained a BSc with first class honours in nutrition and dietetics. She worked in research and developed weight management and weight loss programs for health clubs.

Dr Joanna McMillan is currently a committee member of the Australian Lifestyle Medicine Association, a member of the Dietitians Association of Australia, The Nutrition Society and the Public Health Association of Australia.

Are SLIM FRUITS® safe to eat? They contain the Artificial sweetener Sucralose (E955) which some people say is not safe?

Sucralose is made from sucrose (table sugar) by replacing the hydroxy groups on the sugar molecule with chlorine atoms. This makes it largely indigestible to humans and therefore most of the sucralose actually passes completely through the body. Of the small amount that is absorbed almost all of that is excreted in the urine. As a result sucralose has a fifth of the kilojoules of sugar and since it is also 600 times as sweet far less needs to be added to a food to provide a sweet taste.

Despite the scare mongering about this sweetener on the internet, over one hundred safety studies have been completed and confirmed it is safe to use. There is a very broad safety margin in amounts used meaning that it would be near impossible to get anywhere close to the upper limits set from consuming SLIM FRUITS®. The other major advantage is that sucralose does not cause tooth decay so unlike other lollies Slim Fruits do not damage your teeth.

Is the soluble fibre in SLIM FRUITS® really that beneficial? It is a lolly after all!

The soluble fibre in SLIM FRUITS® comes from a plant so yes it really does have the potential to benefit. Once in the intestinal tract soluble fibre is soluble fibre, regardless of where it came from. It helps to form a gel like consistency to intestinal contents, slowing the attack of enzymes on carbohydrates and therefore reducing the speed of their absorption. Further down the GI tract the fibre will be fermented by the resident bacteria present, helping to boost their numbers.

Each pack of SLIM FRUITS® supposedly contains 40% natural bioactive soluble dietary fibre (or 40g per 100g). Where does the Fibre come from?

The fibre in SLIM FRUITS® is acacia gum derived from sap harvested from wild acacia trees throughout northern Africa and parts of the Middle East.

What quantity of fruit would need to be consumed to equal this level of fibre? For example – how many Bananas would need to be consumed to match 40g of the same fibre? What about other fruits/nuts?

It's important to point out that plant foods contain different types of fibre so just comparing total levels of fibre does not tell the full story. Eating Slim Fruits is of course not the same as eating a piece of fruit or other whole food. The latter are accompanied by nutrients as well as providing kilojoules. Nevertheless the fibre level in SLIM FRUITS® provides 1.9g of dietary fibre which adds significantly to total fibre intake. You would get the same amount of fibre from one banana or about 20 almonds with their skin on.

Why use artificial sweeteners instead of sugar to sweeten the product?

By using a safe artificial sweetener Slim Fruits are completely safe for teeth and are extremely low in kilojoules.

Will eating SLIM FRUITS® help me to lose weight?

Not on their own, but if you are currently eating lollies and you swap to SLIM FRUITS® then you will be saving a significant amount of kilojoules. This can help you to lose weight.

How many SLIM FRUITS® should I consume each day?

One serving of SLIM FRUITS® is 5 pastilles. You won't do any harm by consuming a few more than this, but I recommend sticking to one serving a day.

You say SLIM FRUITS® are the healthiest sweet on the market? Why?

Because they are extremely low in kilojoules so can help weight control, they contain no sugar, won't damage your teeth and provide significant amounts of soluble fibre. No other sweet on the market can claim all of these factors that I am aware of.

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