Beneo will be showcasing a variety of sugar replacement solutions at this year’s Health Ingredients Europe (HiE) exhibition, November 29 – December 1, taking place in Frankfurt. The new ingredients are focusing on the physiological effects of sugar replacement and the importance of looking “beyond the label”.
Company data shows that more than 70% of European consumers try to cut their sugar intake, while 58% of them do so because they want to control their weight. Solutions with less sugar are a major focus for many food and drink producers at present. However, the current discussion about sugar reduction often ignores the fact that blood sugar management plays a key role in weight management. At HiE 2016, BENEO will demonstrate how its naturally-sourced chicory fibers and functional carbohydrates can replace commonly known sugars and maltodextrin, while also lowering blood glucose responses and providing a natural taste with a mild sweetness that consumers are looking for.
Replacing sugar brings with it a range of technical challenges, as sugar is regarded as a “gold standard” in formulations due to its body, texture and taste. Anke Sentko, vice president regulatory affairs and nutrition communication says: “Sugar replacement needs to go hand in hand with lower blood sugar levels. Only then it (sugar replacement) provides the benefit consumers and health professionals are hoping for.
Lower levels of the regulating hormone, insulin, are beneficial for weight management and blood glucose management and this can be achieved with lower blood sugar levels. Replacing sugars with high glycemic ingredients doesn’t help consumers in their efforts, as high glycemic diets can lead to the onset of type II diabetes and obesity”.
Source: World Bakers