Sugar & Calorie reduction

Understanding sugar and calorie reduction

Sugars do so much more than just sweeten - they depress the freezing point in frozen goods, add glazing or coating effects in confectionery applications, and affect browning in baked goods – so understanding the synergies of sweetening solutions is vital. Sometimes, the solution involves more than just sweeteners to replicate the full-sugar sensory experience. Partnering with a supplier that has a full range of ingredient solutions and expertise can make the processes much easier and can also ensure that you create the right result for your target audience. 

1. The Facts

– 90% of consumers say that ‘taste’ is their top purchase motivator
– 40% of global consumers want to consume fewer calories
– 87% increase in low calorie or sugar product launches since 2010
– 9 out of 10 consumers find the claim ‘naturally sweetened’ appealing

2. Maintaining sweetness

Our sweetening solutions help you reduce sugar and calories without losing
the sweetness that your customers crave. In fact, many of our sweetener solutions are sweeter than sugar but with no or a fraction of the calories — so you can use less to achieve the same level of sweetness.

3. Replacing body and mouthfeel

The greatest challenge with sugar replacement in many applications is making sure products give the same sensory experience consumers know and love. Removing sugar can affect mouthfeel, bulk, texture, browning, and more, but our portfolio of novel sugars, fibres, and low-sugar syrups help counterbalance the removal of sugar and deliver delicious food experiences.
We understand your challenges

Our deep understanding of how ingredients work is one of our key strengths; often the tastiest results come from an expert mix of ingredients that deliver both sweetness and mouthfeel whilst reducing sugar and calories.

Whether you’re making a naturally sweetened fruit juice or a creamy low-calorie yogurt, we can help you develop the ideal sugar and calorie reduction solutions.

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Zero calorie sweetener – approx. 600X sweeter than sugar

SPLENDA® Sucralose tastes like sugar without any unpleasant aftertaste and maintains its sweetness over a long shelf life. It is also exceptionally stable in a wide variety of manufacturing processes and food and beverage systems, including high-temperature or low-pH environments and in the presence of live cultures.


All the taste, all the functionality of sugar with fewer than 10% of the calories

DOLCIA PRIMA® Allulose tastes and functions like sugar, but has over 90% fewer calories. Because it delivers many of the functional benefits sugar provides, it makes formulation easier: it adds bulk and texture, depresses the freezing point in frozen products, and browns when baking.

Krystar crystalline fructose

Sweet, functional and consumer-friendly nutritive sweeteners

Crystalline fructose is a milti-functional sweetener with a broad range of applications-specific benefits. Both KRYSTAR® and FRUCTOSE® Crystalline Fructose have a sweetness potency of 117 compared to sucrose at 100 and dextrose at 67. Fructose is also much more intense as it delivers a far faster sweetness response then sucrose or dextrose. They offer superior sweetness synergy in blends with nutritive sweeteners an high intensity sweeteners - depending on the formula, a 50/50 blend with sucrose has a relative sweetness of 128, fructose also has a unique sweetness response compared to other sugars like sucrose or dextrose - it appears very quickly, it is very intense, and then dissipates equally quickly to provide a clean, refreshing mouthfeel with no aftertaste, so you can formulate products with reduced levels of added flavours and other ingredients and enjoy the resulting cost benefits.

PROMITOR soluble fibre

Provides fibre enrichment with exceptional digestive tolerance

PROMITOR® Soluble Fibre can be used in food and beverages to reduce fat, sugar and calories, increase fibre content, and maintain body, mouthfeel and desirable texture. It also offers a variety of nutritional benefits including low glycemic response, prebiotic benefits and an increase of calcium absorption.

Purefruit monk fruit extract

Natural, zero-calorie sweetener made from monk fruit

PUREFRUIT® Monk Fruit Extract provides an exceptionally clean, natural sweet taste and is 200X the sweetness of sugar with no bitter aftertaste. It is also highly stable, versatile, and applicable across most categories, including fruit juices, flavoured water, smoothies, yogurt, juice drinks, cereal bars, breakfast cereals and natural fruit snacks.

STA-LITE Polydextrose

Soluble fiber, ideal for calorie reduction

STA-LITE® Polydextrose is a premium low-calorie bulking agent used to provide body and texture in reduced- and low-calorie foods. Functioning and handling like glucose syrup, it can replace all or part of the sweetener solids and full caloric bulking agents and can be easily formulated for a wide range of prepared foods and beverages.

Tasteva M Stevia sweetener

Tate & Lyle Stevia Ingredients provide a full range of stevia solutions.

Stevia, a plant-extracted sweetener, contributes zero calories, does not raise blood sugar and is 200 to 300 times sweeter than sugar. At Tate & Lyle we offer a full range of speciality sweetener ingredients, letting you formulate the natural products that your customer demand.

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