Sweet but not a sin
With the approach for low-calorie beverages is full taste, no off-flavour and a pleasant mouth feeling. Allulose, as a simple sugar, has the perfect characteristics for this. Its taste is sugar-typical, but allulose differs from the sucrose in a point that is essential for consumers: the calorie content. The energy value of the low-calorie sugar (0.2-0.4 kcal/g) is less than a tenth of the calorie amount of sucrose (4 kcal/g). Although allulose is a sugar, the human body cannot metabolize it. Therefore, it does not provide any energy.
Find more information about the properties of allulose and its glycaemic index here.
Full mouth feeling
Low-calorie drinks can taste at least as good as sugar-containing alternatives. In addition to the sensory analysis, the mouth feeling is essential for this. Just like household sugar (sucrose), allulose has body-giving properties. These ensure that the mouth feeling of beverages neither becomes thin nor watery. Like sucrose, the low-calorie sugar achieves a full mouth feeling. In addition, allulose foams well and the foam is also stable. This is a quality feature, especially for mixed beer beverages. By the way: Allulose interacts positively with inverted sugar for example.
Find out more about this and further information about the characteristics of allulose here.
No additive, no E number
More and more end consumers look at the list of ingredients of products. All the better if as few flavours and E numbers as possible are listed on it – clean labelling is the trend. Unlike sweeteners or sugar alcohols such as erythritol and xylitol, allulose is classified as a food. The reason for this is that the low-calorie sugar is currently in the approval process to be classified as a novel food. Body-giving fillers that may have to be specified as additives are also not needed for drinks with allulose because the low-calorie sugar ensures the right consistency.
We have put together further information about allulose for you here.