7 HEALTHY SUGAR ALTERNATIVES FOR A VARIETY OF USES

Consumers are increasingly interested in the sugar content of their food.

Thirty three percent of Australians are very concerned about sugar consumption and many are actively looking for natural ways to avoid it. Satisfy your customers’ sweet tooth with these 7 healthy sugar alternatives that are right on-trend and deliciously sweet!

LOW-CALORIE, SUGAR SUBSTITUTES

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MONK FRUIT

What: Monk fruit, or lo han guo, is a small green melon named after the monks who first cultivated it. Monk fruit sweetener is an extract of the fruit.

Sweetness: 150-250x sweeter than table sugar.

Nutrition: Zero calories and carbs.

Effect on Blood Sugar: Nil.

Uses: Multipurpose. Use in cooking, baking, hot and cold drinks, and more. 

STEVIA

What: Stevia is a natural sweetener that comes from the Stevia rebaudiana plant.

Sweetness: 200-300x sweeter than table sugar.

Nutrition: Zero calories and carbs.

Effect on Blood Sugar: Nil (pure stevia).

Uses: Available in liquid, granule and powder forms for various uses.

XYLITOL

What: Xylitol is a natural sugar alcohol that is found in many fruits and vegetables but is primarily extracted from corncobs and hardwoods. 

Sweetness: 5% less sweet than table sugar.

Nutrition: 40% fewer calories than table sugar per gram. 

Effect on Blood Sugar: Negligible effects. It has a very low GI rating (7) in comparison to sugar (60-70). 

Uses: Multipurpose. Use in drinks, cooking and baking.

ERYTHRITOL

What: Like xylitol, erythritol is a sugar alcohol found in small amounts in fruits and vegetables. It’s created via a fermentation process. 

Sweetness: 60-70% of the sweetness of table sugar.

Nutrition: 6% of the calories of table sugar. 

Effect on Blood Sugar: Nil.

Uses: Multipurpose. Replaces sugar in all cooking needs, factoring in a 30% volume increase to match the sweetness of table sugar.

NUTRITIVE SUGAR ALTERNATIVES

Nutritive-sweeteners

RICE SYRUP

What: Rice syrup, or rice malt, is made from organic brown rice. 

Sweetness: Approximately 50% of the sweetness of table sugar. 

Nutrition: Fructose free and has 33% less calories per tablespoon than table sugar. 

Effect on Blood Sugar: This sweetener is high GI (98) so it will affect blood sugar levels.  

Uses: Multipurpose. Use in place of any liquid sugar syrups. 

HONEY

What: Honey is a thick, golden liquid produced by honey bees. The different varieties of flavours and colours come from the different floral nectar source.

Sweetness: Varies but generally sweeter than table sugar, so less is required.

Nutrition: Trace amounts of vitamins and minerals.1.3x the calories of table sugar. 

Effect on Blood Sugar: Honey has a moderate GI rating (45-64) and will affect blood sugar levels. 

Uses: Multipurpose. Use in hot drinks, as a spread, in baking, cooking and desserts.

MAPLE SYRUP

What: Maple syrup is a thick, sugary liquid that’s made by evaporating the sap of maple trees.

Sweetness: 60% sweetness of table sugar.

Nutrition: Contains calcium, potassium, iron, zinc and manganese. It has 1.1x the calories of table sugar. 

Effect on Blood Sugar: Maple syrup has a moderate GI rating (54) and will affect blood sugar levels. 

Uses: Multipurpose. Use in cooking, baking, hot and cold drinks, and more.

Whether your consumers are wanting a keto-friendly, low-carb sugar replacement or simply something a little less refined, Unique Health Products offers a sweet solution for everyone. Plus a whole range of healthier baking mixes, cooking ingredients and pantry staples that suit low-carb, keto and all-natural needs!

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SNACKIFICATION: THE PRODUCTS YOU NEED, NOW.

Snackification is driven by Millennials and taken up by the time-poor. Australians are adopting the idea of snacking their way through the day instead of sitting down to the traditional three square meals a day.

Snacks are no longer used as a treat to simply hold off hunger until the next meal. They are becoming the meals themselves! As a result, consumers are demanding way more healthier options.

Grab n’ go healthy snacking has never been so popular. Maximise on this opportunity by introducing your customers to a whole range of new, delicious and healthy items.

The benefit? Snacks take up minimal shelf space, you can place them in high traffic areas to bump up your average basket sale amount and if they meet the current market demands, they have a guaranteed high turnover.

Take a look at the latest to arrive at Unique below.

BETTER-FOR-YOU TREATS

BennettoSINGLE ORIGIN GOURMET CHOCOLATE

Bennetto chocolate fans will rejoice with these new additions! Expanding on the success of the mini Raspberry Dark Chocolate Bars, this popular flavour is now available in 100g blocks in shelf-ready, 13-piece CDUs, as well as newcomer, Amaranth & Sea Salt.

Committed to their ethics, the entire range is organic, fairtrade, and carbon neutral wrapped up in recyclable packaging. It’s chocolate you can feel good about!

Alter EcoGOT ANY DARKER?

Alter Eco expands their dark chocolate range with Superdark Cacao Truffles in a display pack of 60 pieces, and replaces the 60% cacao Crisp Mint (AE65) block with new 90% cacao Organic Dark Crisp Mint. They also ramp up the chocolate factor on their Coconut Clusters with the new Double Chocolate flavour!

Little ZebraCOCONUTTY CAROB

The delightful Little Zebra Food Co. vegan Carob Buds are made with Criollo cacao butter & Australian avocado oil for a creamy, sugar-free treat.

They’re FODMAP-friendly, free from gluten, dairy, nuts, soy, and palm oil, and are now available in a moreish Coconut variety.

KreshoVEGAN NOUGAT BAR

Kresho has created an Almond Nougat Bar that’s vegan, irresistibly chewy and ideally sized and priced for an impulse purchase! Australian made and created in a workshop powered by renewable energy, the decadent nougat filling is generously sprinkled with slow roasted almonds and coated in fairly traded, pure couverture dark chocolate.

 

keto-white-chocolateKETO WHITE CHOCOLATE

Little Zebra Chocolates have expanded their range with all new Keto White Chocolate and Keto White Chocolate Crunch! The smooth white chocolate is made with the goodness of organic coconut milk and creamy cacao butter, with real cacao nibs added for the crunchy variety. These allergy-friendly chocolates are free from dairy, gluten, nuts, soy and palm oil!

 

SAVOURY TEMPTERS

Banana JoesGUT-FRIENDLY BANANA CHIPS

Way more than just a potato chip alternative, Banana Joe’s Banana Chips are handmade from Hom Thong green bananas, and contain both pre- and probiotics with at least 1 billion cultures per serve!

Each pack has multiple merchandising options and is a low-risk buy-in with only six per CDU. Affordably priced ($3.95 RRP!), the chips are available in three bold and balanced flavours – Hickory BBQ, Thai Sweet Chilli and Sea Salt. They’re power-packed snacks that taste just like a regular potato chip!

Gluten free and vegan!

The Whole FoodiesCRISPY, CRUNCHY CASHEWS

The Whole Foodies are back with a bang! Shake up snacktime with all natural, crispy Native Cashews. Dry roasted in their skins and delicately seasoned with either Sea Salt, Kimchi or Turmeric & Black Pepper. These 70g snack packs are great value at $4.95 RRP. Wild harvested, gluten free, non-GMO and preservative free, they’re the ultimate wholesome snack!

They’re vegan!

SNACKING STAPLES

EM WholefoodsPUDDING PRE-MIXES

EM Wholefoods extend their range with nutrient-dense Hemp Chia Pudding Pre-Mixes in both Chocolate and Vanilla. This multipurpose blend can be used as a healthy breakfast, snack, dessert or as a cereal topper. Using only 100% natural ingredients, including Australian grown hemp and chia seeds, they are easy to prepare and offer a convenient solution for your customers.

Naturally sweetened with stevia!

EveryMite ALLERGY-FRIENDLY SUPERSPREAD

EveryMite is the Vegemite for food-allergy sufferers! Free from gluten, soy, yeast, grain, nut, egg, dairy, sugar, preservatives, and thickeners, it spreads on like a dream and tastes divine with avocado on toast! While it’s technically not a snack by itself, it can be used as a dip with veggies or as a condiment on crackers and bread. Made using only natural ingredients, it’s available in three varieties – The Original, Fodmap Friendly and Low Aussie Salt!

ANTIOXIDANT BLISS

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Morlife’s range of decadent, moreish snacks are highly nutritious, gluten free, antioxidant-rich and great for gifting! The range includes a Dried 5 Berry Mix and a range of dark chocolate coated delights including ginger, goji berries, macadamia nuts, tart cherries and coffee beans.

PROTEIN POWERED

Botanika BrekkyBREAKFAST AND BEYOND

A world first, instant probiotic protein porridge, Botanika Brekky combines organic oats, hemp, chia, plant protein, prebiotic fibre and probiotics to create a nutritious on-the-go breakfast option! This vegan-friendly breakfast is made with natural and organic ingredients, has up to 17g of protein per serve, and is free from refined sugars. Tempt your customers’ tastebuds with Vanilla Dream, Cacao Crunch and Grandma’s Apple Pie. Available in both a 1kg bag and a 12-pack shelf-ready CDU of 60g sachets.

UPGRADED SNACK BARS

Naked PaleoNOTHING TO HIDE

Naked Paleo Bars are 100% organic, vegan and, of course, paleo. They’re a satisfying 65g bar and are free from gluten, dairy, preservatives and nothing artificial or refined. Each bar is packed with nutrition and on-trend ingredients to please everyone from the health and fitness enthusiasts to the busy executives on the go! Available in seven delicious flavours including Minty Matcha and Turmeric Ginger and packaged in shelf-ready CDUs of 10.

GomacroA CHOCOLATE LOVER’S PROTEIN BAR

The latest flavour from GoMacro, Dark Chocolate + Almonds, blends Peruvian dark chocolate with roasted almonds for 10g of protein in a guilt-free, yet indulgent, snack bar. Free from soy, gluten and dairy, these clean bars are organic, vegan and come in a biodegradable shelf-ready CDU.

game-changer-protein-barTHE GAME CHANGING PROTEIN BAR

The Game Changer Protein Bar by Macro Mike contains 10 grams of all-natural, plant-based protein and only 164 calories per bar. It’s vegan, tastes amazing and is jam-packed with real ingredients including dates and rice malt syrup to naturally sweeten. Gluten free, dairy free, and gut-friendly, these bars have no artificial ingredients or sugar alcohols and they come ready to go in an eye-catching CDU!

luv&co probiotic barsPROBIOTIC GOODNESS

Luv&Co Pro.Biotic Nut Bars keep your customers feeling full as they’re a good source of protein and fibre. These gluten-free bars contain around 1 billion good bacteria and come in three tasty flavours: Cookies’n Cream and two vegan-friendly varieties, Coconut Crunch and Peanut Butter Jelly. Luv&Co also make delicious No Bake Cookies and Luv Sum Protein, Energy and Paleo Balls!

eclipse-raw-paleo-barsRAW PALEO DELIGHTS

Eclipse Organics Raw Paleo Bars are designed to tickle taste buds and satisfy hungry tummies, using only natural, wholesome ingredients. Available in shelf ready and attractive CDUs of 12, they’re perfect to pop onto the counter for a healthy grab n’ go sale! Available in six flavours: Berry Ripe, Chocolate Brownie, Choc Orange Fudge, Cacao Mint, Coconut Rough and Manuka & Nut.

Want more information about Snackification movement? Take a look at our previous blog here!

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