Are you looking for a healthy sugar substitute that not only has a natural sweetness but also contains numerous vital substances? Then you've come to the right place! The Central American fruit lucuma has been considered a miracle cure for centuries due to its versatility. In our big Lucuma test 2022 we show you what you should consider before buying, list our Lucuma favourites and finally answer the most important questions about this miracle fruit with the necessary information.
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- 5 Guide: Frequently asked questions about lucuma products answered in detail
- Lucuma is a sweet-tasting fruit that grows mainly in the Andes of South America. It is used as a natural and healthy substitute for sugar and sweetener. The taste of lucuma is reminiscent of apricot and mango.
- It can therefore be used as a healthy sweetener in desserts, shakes, smoothies, mueslis and much more - and is particularly suitable for diabetics because of its extremely low glycaemic index.
- In addition, lucuma has many vitamins and minerals such as, iron, magnesium, zinc, calcium, phosphate, beta-carotene, B vitamins and has a relatively high calorie content.
The Best Lucuma: Our Picks
Buying and evaluation criteria for Lucuma products
If you are unsure what to look for when buying Lucuma, we have set out criteria to help you make your decision. You can look for the following aspects, such as:
By making the right choice for you, you can save money and also ensure that you don't give your body anything it doesn't need. Therefore, always look for high quality and ask to see the manufacturer's certificates if necessary.
When buying your Lucuma powder, pay attention to the filling quantity, because there are many different sizes such as: 100 gram, 200 gram or 500 gram packages, in order to avoid unnecessary throwing away of products. If it is your first purchase of lucuma powder, you might want to familiarise yourself with the taste first and see if you like this kind of sweetness. With a 100 gram or 200 gram pack you could try out the taste and see how you can use Lucuma in your food.
When buying your Lucuma powder, you should look for an organic quality label. High quality products are characterised by the fact that they do not contain any additives or fillers. Organic food should also contain more vitamins, as fruits and vegetables produced in this way need to produce more defensive substances and antioxidants, as they are not protected from diseases and enemies with pesticides. Organic quality is not only about additives and vitamins, but also about the environment and the damage caused to the environment by fertilisers and pesticides in non-organic quality.
In Germany you can only buy the Lucuma fruit in powder form, because the high sugar content causes the Lucuma to spoil too quickly. Therefore, the Lucuma is dried and then shipped in powder form. The temperature should not exceed 45°C in order to preserve vitamins and minerals. Some manufacturers state that they dry the lucuma as gently as possible at low temperatures. This has the advantage that the vitamins and minerals in the powder are still preserved. It is best to make sure that you buy lucuma powder with a low processing temperature.
Trustworthiness of the manufacturer
If quality is important to you, you should make sure that the manufacturer seems trustworthy. Especially on the internet you should pay attention to this. Here are a few examples of how you can check whether a manufacturer is trustworthy:
- Payment options: If the manufacturer offers multiple payment options like Paypal or Klarna, you can assume that this manufacturer is to be trusted.
- Reviews: Many websites allow customers to rate their products. It is best to look for a Lucuma product with as good a rating as possible, but where many people have also left a review. This way you can be sure that the product is true to the manufacturer's description.
- Photos: Serious photos, such as well-shot or non-pixelated pictures, underline a trustworthy manufacturer.
- Description: In addition, you should make sure that the description of the Lucuma product has been described and is grammatically correct.
With these tips, you should be able to find a reputable manufacturer. Generally, it is also recommended to visit an organic market, as you can always return the product here.
Guide: Frequently asked questions about lucuma products answered in detail
In order to inform you comprehensively about the effectiveness of Lucuma and to give you an understanding of the current state of science, we have summarised all the important information in the following sections.
What is Lucuma and how does it work?
|Vitamin / Mineral||Effect|
|Niacin||regulation of cholesterol and triglyceride levels|
|Dietary fibre||digestion(3, 6)|
|Beta-carotene||boosting immune activity (5) Heart disease(4) Wound healing (1, 2) Regeneration of the skin|
|Iron||Increased energy level|
It is considered an excellent immune booster, energy booster but also a remedy for the skin, because it is rich in minerals such as iron, potassium, calcium and phosphorus, which support healthy cell function.
When and for whom is it useful to take lucuma?
How much does lucuma powder cost?
|lucuma powder||price range|
|lucuma powder 100 grams||4-8€|
|lucuma powder 200 grams||9-13€|
|lucuma powder 500 grams||19-25€|
As you can see, prices can vary greatly. We advise you to follow our guide when buying lucuma powder to get the best value for money, then you can also be sure you are getting high quality lucuma powder.
What types of lucuma are there?
|Lucuma as a fruit||The Lucuma fruit is considered a miracle fruit because of its numerous vitamins and minerals. It is also very high in calories, which means that it keeps you satiated for longer. In terms of taste, it is very sweet and fits perfectly in desserts, shakes or sweets.|
|Lucuma powder||In Germany, lucuma is only available in powder form. It is used here especially as a sugar substitute. Because of its low glycaemic index, lucuma powder is very suitable for diabetics. In addition, lucuma is alkaline.|
|Lucuma oil||studies have proven (1, 2) that lucuma oil is very beneficial for wound healing. The regeneration of the skin is stimulated by the substances in lucuma oil. The oil has been used for centuries in South America as a means of slowing down ageing.|
However, it must be added here that there is no Lucuma oil to buy in Germany and German online shops. If you want to buy Lucuma oil, you have to buy it abroad or order it from abroad.
How should Locuma be dosed?
There are no known side effects from consuming lucuma powder, but diabetics, pregnant women or breastfeeding mothers should consult their doctor beforehand so that the perfect dosage can be determined.
What are the alternatives to lucuma?
|sugar alternative||taste||effect on blood sugar levels|
|Erythritol/Erythritol(8)||like sugar but less sweet||no effect|
|Xylitol/Xylitol(9)||Similar to sugar||very low impact|
|Tagatose(7, 10)||similar to sugar||very low impact|
|Coconut blossom sugar||Caramel flavour||yes but with a GI of 7.5|
Lucuma also has a sweet taste like sugar, but it has a different effect on blood sugar levels than the different types of sugar; it has a glycaemic index of only 5. Lucuma is therefore a wonderful sugar alternative for a diabetic and a delicious ingredient in many dishes.
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