Optibiotix’s range of naturally sweet prebiotic fibres—SweetBiotix—can be used as an alternative to regular sugar. As long-fibre sugars, the prebiotics are not broken down or absorbed by the body, and therefore contain no calories.

They can thus be used as healthy sweeteners without adding to a food’s sugar content or contributing to obesity, and can be labelled as a dietary fibre.

Having been proved to be safe and equally sweet as regular sugar, the range can be used to replace ‘unhealthy’ sugars in existing products, and help change consumer behaviour.

Reducing sugar in beverages is not easy, but hydrocolloid technology presents options for today’s formulators. By Ross Clark, distinguished research fellow, CP Kelco

With the international diabetes federation and world health organisation supporting sugar tax legislation, natural sweeteners could become an inevitable choice in products today. By Michelle Cheong

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