Caloric sweetener has moderate blood sugar impact

by Jeff Gelski
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NRGylose, a new bulk-sweetener carbohydrate known chemically as isomaltulose, is digested more slowly than sugar and has the same caloric value as sugar. Because of its digestive traits, NRGylose spreads energy across a longer period of time, according to Gadot Biochemical Ind., Haifa, Israel. Any increases in blood sugar levels or insulin levels thus are more moderate.

"This feature makes NRGylose an essential sweetener for diabetics and pre-diabetics," said Ronny Hacham, vice-president of business development and marketing for Gadot. "It also has great benefit in sport nutrition. A marathon runner can maintain a constant blood sugar level more easily with our isomaltulose."

Isomaltulose is a disaccharide made by fermentation from refined sugar using a bacterial strain. NRGylose also is tooth-friendly and may be used in energy drinks, sports drinks, candy, chocolate bars, milk drinks, yogurt, soft drinks and cereals.

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