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A natural constituent of honey

This golden liquid made by honey bees has been used to sweeten foods long before sugar was known. And it has been associated with many good properties. Saturated with carbohydrates and sugars, it also contains isomaltulose, a slow release sugar with physiological properties that make it attractive to look for.

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Slow release carbohydrate

Isomaltulose is a carbohydrate with slow release properties. Unlike typical sugars, it delivers carbohydrate energy in a more balanced and sustained way, without the high blood sugar spikes known from ‘fast’ carbohydrates. What benefits this can have, beyond counting calories, for energy management, individual performance and long-term health is astonishing and shows: Isomaltulose is not a typical sugar.

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Product categories

Isomaltulose can be found in a wide variety of foods and drinks. Examples include every-day foods like breakfast cereals and cereal bars, bagels, cookies and other baked goods, dairy drinks, fruit juice and water-based drinks, as well as sports nutrition products, baby food and maternal nutrition, meal replacement products or clinical nutrition. In many products, the slow release carbohydrate isomaltulose replaces others sugars or maltodextrins for its sustained energy supply or low blood sugar effect. Also toothfriendly products have been made with isomaltulose.

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News about Isomaltulose


April 13, 2017

Review publication highlights physiological benefits

The science review of Maresch and colleagues highlights the advantages of isomaltulose for blood sugar management and fat burning. The scientists use isomaltulose research to illustrate the benefits of ‘low GI’ in the dietary management of diabetes, for sports and cognitive performance, in weight management, and for pregnancy outcome.

October 4, 2019

New publication reports greater weight loss with isomaltulose

A publication by researchers from Oxford Brookes University UK shows that the carbohydrate choice matters for weight loss: When people replaced sucrose for isomaltulose in a weight loss diet, they achieved an even greater loss of body weight and fat mass. Gradual changes over time have been linked with the property of isomaltulose to steer […]

January 3, 2020

Additional advantage of isomaltulose for metabolic health

Metabolic health has various facets. Isomaltulose has shown advantages for blood sugar management and insulin sensitivity, fat burning and body weight, while a new publication by de Groot et al (2020) adds another aspect now: Consuming isomaltulose instead of sucrose can preserve blood vessel function in overweight adults with mildly elevated blood pressure. The effect […]