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Isomalt

The world’s only bulk sweetener exclusively derived from sugar beet.

Isomalt is a naturally sourced sugar replacer; 100% vegan, kosher, halal and non-GMO. It is the only sugar replacer made from pure beet sugar, which gives it a natural taste and sweetness while being 100% sugar-free and even helping to prevent tooth decay. Isomalt from BENEO provides a taste profile almost equal to sucrose – but with a softer sweetness intensity and with only half the calories. It can be used in a wide range of food applications; especially when it comes to hard candies, Isomalt is the number one sugar replacer worldwide.
Isomalt is produced in a two-stage process: an enzymatic treatment of sucrose is followed by hydrogenation. The resulting principal components of Isomalt are 6-0- α-D-glucopyranosyl-D-sorbitol (1.6-GPS) and 1-0- α-D-glucopyranosyl-D-mannitol dehydrate (1.1-GPM). By adjusting process parameters, the composition and properties of Isomalt can be tailored to suit particular applications.

Isomalt works very well in:

  • Baked goods
  • Breakfast cereals & cereal bars
  • Chewing gum centres & coatings
  • Chocolate
  • Coated products
  • Compressed tablets
  • Hard boiled candies 
  • Low boiled candies
  • Frozen desserts
  • Fruit spreads

Low hygroscopicity: reduced stickiness & longer shelflife.

Isomalt from BENEO has a lower hygroscopicity than most polyols, and significantly lower than sugar. It absorbs practically no moisture at room temperature and at relatively high humidity. Isomalt prevents hard boiled candies and compressed mints from becoming sticky or moist, so that even unwrapped items can be packed together, guaranteeing a longer shelf life.

Brilliant colours & coatings.

Contrary to other polyols, Isomalt helps to significantly boost the colour brilliance in the coatings of e.g. sugar-free chewing gum and chewy candies, as it can be applied in a single syrup process.  Isomalt also results in visually attractive, transparent high boiled candies and lollipops.

Optimised taste & mouthfeel.

Isomalt from BENEO has a very similar organoleptical profile to sugar – with about half the sweetness of sucrose. The use of Isomalt allows for formulations with a very natural taste profile, because just like sucrose, it has nearly no cooling effect.  When combined with intense sweeteners , it can achieve  a synergistic sweetness profile without producing any undesired side- or aftertaste.  
Its mild sweetness brings a better flavour release in subtle and delicate fruit flavours. In sugar-free chewing gum or fruit-flavoured hard candies, this is perfectly complemented with Isomalt’s low solubility, which improves the flavour retention and helps to make it longer-lasting in the mouth.  
As Isomalt absorbs virtually no moisture, it can maintain the crunchiness of coated applications. It also ensures a smooth surface in deposited candies and lollipops avoiding sharp cracks and edges that can compromise the indulgence.
We offer different ingredient types with various levels of solubility, granulometry and application specific profiles. Our experts are happy to help you identify the ideal solution for your application requirements.

PSD in mm Application specific
Standard Isomalt crystalline (ST)
Isomalt ST-M0.5 - 3.5hard candies
Isomalt ST-F0.2 - 0.7chocolate, powder drinks
Isomalt ST-PF< 0.1chocolate, low boilings, chewing gum, baked goods
Isomalt ST-PA< 0.05granulates
Isomalt crystalline with good solubility (GS)
Isomalt GS(unsieved)coating
Isomalt GS-F< 0.1coated products, fruit spreads
Isomalt GS-PA< 0.05baked goods, granulates
Low moisture Isomalt crystalline (LM)
Isomalt LM–E0.063 – 0.9chocolate
Isomalt LM–PF< 0.1chocolate
Isomalt crystalline for direct Compression (DC)
Isomalt DC 1010.1 – 0.8direct compressed tablets
PSD: Particle size distribution; particle sizes apply for 90 % of the product
Above values are indicative and may vary per specific end application and process.
Along with the distinctive technical advantages of working with Isomalt in practically all different food applications, it can also boast on several interesting physiological benefits such as reducing post-prandial glycaemic response, preventing tooth decay, weight management via calorie reduction and supporting a healthy blood glucose level.

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Scientifically proven toothfriendly

The Toothfriendly label is a seal of approval and a guarantee from Toothfriendly International for products that are proven safe for teeth being neither cariogenic nor erosive. 
Isomalt from BENEO is a certified Toothfriendly product since 2008.  To read more about the certification criteria and the licensing procedure click here.
  

The chemical structure of Isomalt

Chemical structure of Isomalt

Low hygroscopic

Low hygroscopic Isomalt- storage stability