ISOMALT - Sugar replacer, Bulk sweetener, Polyol - Beneo06 September 2010
BENEO'S ISOMALT is the only sugar replacer derived from pure sugar beet. It is a sugar replacer, a dissacharide alcohol (polyol). Manufactured in a patented process, it is available as white, odourless, crystalline substance. Moreover, a broad range of particle sizes is offered to suit any application.
Derived from sugar beet it has a sugar-like, natural and mild sweetness devoid of any aftertaste and without any distracting cooling effect. Thus, it enhances better delicately-flavoured fruity sweets than other sugar replacers. However, if a cooling effect is desired, it can be achieved by addition of flavours and cooling agents. Also, it is very similar to sugar, as the raw material replaces sugar in a 1:1 mass ratio and is used where not only the sweetness but the texture and mouthfeel of sugar is required.
Moreover, being low-hygroscopic ISOMALT can be easily stored and candies and gum don’t absorb humid air or melt in summer temperatures, resulting in an improved shelflife and less necessary packaging. In addition, ISOMALT does not undergo a browning reaction.
Having a stable molecular structure the body’s enzymes metabolise ISOMALT partially and much more slowly. Several studies have demonstrated that the consumption of ISOMALT-containing products leads to a lower increase of blood glucose and insulin levels compared to glucose or sugar. Therefore, ISOMALT has a very low to negligible glycaemic index of 2 (±1). With its low glyceamic response the sugar replacer offers an important advantage that both health-conscious consumer and diabetics can benefit from. Being not readily fermented in the small intestine, ISOMALT has a low caloric value of only 2 kcal/g and thus only half the calories of sugar. Being low digestible the sugar replacer is recognised as beneficial for gut health.
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