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The role of sugar: functionalities and alternatives

The human body needs carbohydrates, which are broken down into sugar in your body. This sugar is essential for your body to create energy to survive. Glucose (part of sugar) is also the fuel normally used by brain cells.

However, since consumers worldwide are increasingly avoiding sugar, and especially ‘added sugar’, with the goal of improving their health outcomes, food developers and producers must be discerning in their use. 

Replacing sugar in foods requires an understanding of the functions sugar provides, what consumers want, and an open minded approach to applying ingredient solutions.

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