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

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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!

Jump on the online store to order your stock today. If you haven’t got an account with us, register here!

NATURALLY GOOD EXPO 2018 – BY THE NUMBERS

Held at the International Convention Centre (ICC) in Darling Harbour, the Naturally Good Expo is Australia’s largest trade show for all natural, organic and healthy products and services.

Each year we attend as a platinum partner to showcase our top sellers to the most influential people in the industry and work to build mutually beneficial connections with retailers and our suppliers. This year we unveiled our biggest stand yet – the largest at the show!

In case you missed it, here’s how our Naturally Good Expo 2018 experience happened – by the numbers!

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1. ONE CRITICAL PERSON

It takes a whole lot of planning, coordination and project management to transform our original ideas into a real-life masterpiece at the Naturally Good Expo. Thankfully, we have one incredible team that makes all the late nights, early mornings, last minute hiccups and hours spent on emails and phone calls integrate into a seamless, successful event!

While we couldn’t do it without many hands on deck, there is always one person in particular that plays a pivotal role in our Naturally Good experience – our Marketing Executive extraordinaire, Carol. Thank you for all that you do!

2. TWO MAJOR STALL SPACES

This year the Unique stand took up two of the largest sites at the expo. The updated stand was dotted with sampling booths, decorated with hot new products and buzzing with staff, suppliers and retailers – it was a sight to see and the energy was incredible!

3. THREE HOUR PACK DOWN

With the Australian Pharmacy Professional Conference & Trade Exhibition looming the following weekend, most of the team had already returned to the Sunshine Coast by the time the event ended. The staff and suppliers that remained (thank you, East Bali Cashews and Natural Evolution!) packed down the stall in a record time of 3 hours!

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4. FOUR SIGMATIC, MY MAGIC MUD, UPTON’S NATURALS & MORE!

This year, when it came to sampling and showcasing our amazing product range, the team had a little extra help…

Award-winning international and local creators, innovators and makers of the hottest, must-have health products joined us as part of our ‘Meet the Makers’ event – including Four Sigmatic, My Magic Mud, Manitoba Harvest and Upton’s Naturals!

Each supplier that joined our stand had the opportunity to promote and sample their products at their very own sampling booth. This allowed the suppliers to strengthen their retailer relationships and cement their place as a leading brand in the health and wellness space. Something we’re beyond proud to help facilitate!

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5. FIVE HUNDRED HEALTH PRODUCTS AND GOODIE BAGS

The stand was full to the brim with more than 500 natural health and wellness products on display! Plus, we handed out 500+ goodie bags to industry influencers, retail leaders, and key stakeholders filled with:

6. SIX MONTHS PREP TIME

The entire event took our team, Carol in particular, a grand total of six months to prepare for. From supporting the Naturally Good Expo team with our Platinum Partner duties, to coordinating stock, and logistics of the stand set up and staff involved, there was so much to be done and we couldn’t be prouder of our team and what they’ve achieved!

7. SEVEN THOUSAND ATTENDEES

Across two huge days, we served up thousands of product samples to 7000+ health-focused expo attendees – also known as a lot of chopping!

Sampling allowed retailers and industry leaders to gain better insights into the suppliers products, build stronger connections, learn the backstory, and discover what niche the product can fill in their stores. It’s a super important step towards long-term success in stores!

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8. MORE THAN EIGHTY HOT NEW PRODUCTS LAUNCHED

An entire section of our stand was dedicated to over 80 hot new products launched at the expo! Brands included:

9. NINE HOUR SET UP

While the pack down was somewhat of a breeze, Rome wasn’t certainly not built overnight. Our largest stand ever took a whole lot of teamwork and around nine hours to set it all up!

10. TEN HUGE PALLETS DELIVERED

That nine hours of set up involved the unpacking and merchandising of 10 full pallets of product, equipment and stall materials!

Despite the whirlwind nature of the actual event, we put our time and effort into these events to support our suppliers, build and strengthen our retailer relationships and meet new faces along the way. We couldn’t do what we do without their support and for that, we’re always grateful!

If you missed out this time, don’t worry, we can’t wait to do it all again, so we’ll see you next year!

7 HOT SUPERFOOD DRINKS TRENDING THIS SEASON

THE WEATHER IS COOLING DOWN BUT THESE HOT SUPERFOOD DRINKS WILL BE HEATING UP YOUR SALES THIS SEASON!

From green goodness and golden lattes to supercharged coffee and healthier hot chocolates. We’ve got the goods to keep your customers healthy and warm this Winter.

1. Supercharged Coffee

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When it’s too cold for juices and smoothies, customers are adding superfoods to their coffee cup! This Winter, morning coffees include everything from maca, protein powder, collagen, spices, and fats. One supercharged coffee trend that continues to stay is “Bulletproof” coffee – black coffee with the additions of ghee and MCT coconut oils. The addition of the fats bring a rich creaminess but it’s also said to keep hunger at bay and provide fuel for the brain. These supercharged coffees are particularly popular with those on a ketogenic or lower carbohydrate diet.

What to have in stock:

  • Melrose Ghee and Coconut Oil Blend
  • Melrose MCT Oil
  • SOL Ghee

2. Functional Funghi

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Mushrooms are also an unexpected, earthy addition to coffee and hot chocolate. Brands such as Four Sigmatic have created blends of coffee and hot chocolate with select mushrooms. The different mushrooms are said to offer various health benefits from increased clarity and focus to calming properties for stress relief.

What to have in stock:

  • Four Sigmatic Coffee Mix with Cordyceps & Chaga
  • Four Sigmatic Coffee Mix with Lion’s Mane and Chaga

3. Dessert Teas


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Sugar cravings be gone! Dessert-inspired teas make the perfect guilt-free alternative for something sweet. Warm up your customer’s bellies with the sweet-style blends from Yogi Tea that offer all the goodness of a herbal tea enrobed in an indulgent aroma!

What to have in stock:

  • Yogi Tea Vanilla Hazelnut
  • Yogi Tea Soothing Caramel Bedtime
  • Yogi Tea Chai Rooibos

4. Matcha Mixups

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Regular matcha lattes may have been around for a while, but Matcha Maiden’s blends are mixing things up! Support your customer’s immune system or warm up their bellies with a fiery blend that takes the antioxidant-packed regular matcha to a whole other level!

What to have in stock:

  • Matcha Maiden Fly me to the Immune
  • Matcha Maiden Light my Fire
  • Matcha Maiden Organic Matcha

5. Golden LattesGOLDEN_GRIND

Speaking of lattes, turmeric continues to ride the wave of a successful trend with turmeric lattes popping up as the latest staple on cafe menus all over the country. Golden Grind pioneered the space and continue to delight customers with their chilli blend and turmeric hot chocolate with coconut and cacao. Reducing inflammation has never tasted so good!

What to have in stock:

  • Golden Grind Turmeric Latte Blend
  • Golden Grind Turmeric Hot Chocolate

6. Hemp Milk Heaven

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Step aside almond milk, there’s a new kid on the block, and he’s packed with protein, omega-3s and blends like a dream. For all your DIY-customers, Manitoba Harvest Hemp Seeds are a must-have. Simply blend with water for a super creamy, nutritious and delicious hemp seed milk that can be added both to smoothies and hot drinks!

What to have in stock:

  • Manitoba Harvest Hemp Seeds

7. Healthier Hot Chocolate

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Hot chocolate is usually an indulgent, sugary treat left only for special occasions. But why miss out on the health benefits (and taste) of cacao when you can have it regularly with these healthier options? Delight your customers with these better-for-you hot cacao blends this season. Because life is too short to live without chocolate.

What to have in stock:

  • Amazonia Spiced Cacao
  • Chai Tea Rainbow Spiced Cacao
  • Taka Turmeric Golden Cacao

Don’t leave your customers caught out in the cold – Login and place your order for these hot superfood drinks today!

Not a Unique account holder? No problem! Register with us here! Once you’re all set up, you can order online 24/7.

MEET THE MAKERS AT THE NATURALLY GOOD EXPO 2018

JOIN US AT THIS YEAR’S NATURALLY GOOD EXPO 2018 TO MEET THE MAKERS OF THE HOTTEST PRODUCTS IN HEALTH AND SAMPLE NEW ITEMS BEFORE THEY HIT THE SHELVES!

Hosted at the ICC in Darling Harbour, Sydney on the 29-30 April, the Naturally Good Expo is Australia’s largest trade show for all natural, organic and healthy products and services.

As a platinum partner and exhibitor, we will be launching over 80 hot new products including completely new brands and exciting range extensions from some of Australia’s most popular wellness companies including CLIF Bar, Alter Eco, and Melrose!

But the best part of the weekend, if we do say so ourselves, is that we will have award-winning international and local creators, innovators and makers of the hottest must-have health products spending time at our stall.

You’ll have the chance to meet many special guests, including the founders of My Magic Mud and Upton’s Naturals!


Gain first-hand knowledge, sample the items and discover the passion behind the products that are flying off the shelves. The Unique Health Products stall will be an unmissable hive of activity!

You can find us at stalls i28 & j28 in the Exhibition Hall. Secure your tickets here.

We hope to see you there!