Allulose: The rare sugar that’s taking the industry by storm

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For decades, consumers, ingredient scientists, and manufacturers alike sought the most elusive solution to making better-for-you versions of favorite sweet indulgences: a sweetener that performs and tastes like sucrose yet without the calories. In the 1980s, just such a sweetener was discovered hiding in nature. Called allulose, it’s a type of sugar similar in structure to fructose and was worked on by Matsutani Co. Ltd., a leader in rare sugars. The company spent more than 15 years researching and refining it, but it wasn’t until a few years ago the technology to produce it industrially made allulose a sweet solution that product makers could turn to with confidence. And it was only in 2019 that Allulose was exempted from total and added sugars by the FDA.

ASTRAEA® Allulose has only about 1/10th the calories of sugar, and unlike other ultra-low calorie sweeteners, it has a neutral flavor, described as a faint cross between sucrose and crystalline fructose. Most importantly, it has no aftertaste. It maintains mouthfeel in beverages, creates browned baked goods, and provides bulking and texture in dairy products. With more than eight in 10 consumers saying they’re striving to reduce their sugar intake, ASTRAEA Allulose gives product developers and makers a great tool to craft reduced sugar beverage, dairy, bakery, and confectionery products

ASTRAEA Allulose tastes great naturally, it is about 70% as sweet, as sucrose. Consumers will welcome their favorite comfort foods at reduced calories and sugar with minimal change in taste and flavor. Highly soluble, it dissolves completely without recrystallizing. It’s certified GRAS by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and has comparable functional bulking, browning, and freeze-point depression properties as sucrose while providing just 0.4 calories per gram and no grams of added or total sugars.

What makes allulose a great sugar reduction tool is also the synergies it offers with other sugar reduction tools such as Stevia.

Access Ingredion’s comprehensive portfolio of sugar reduction solutions and leverage our formulations expertise and applications knowhow to create great-tasting, lower-calorie treats and get them to market, fast.

The experts at Ingredion are standing by to help product developers discover new ways to replace sucrose without compromising flavor, sweetness, mouthfeel, or quality.

Chat with our team through the Virtual Business cards on Ingredion’s exhibitor showcase for ingredient samples and help developing products that win.

 “ASTRAEA” is a registered trademark held by Matsutani permitted to be used by Ingredion.

Frances Bowman

Digital Marketing Manager, US/CA, Ingredion

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