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100% Natural Allulose

Q: What makes ASTRAEA Allulose so unique? 
A:
Allulose (also known as D-psicose) is a type of monosaccharide from rare sugar. ASTRAEA Allulose is produced by enzymatic conversion of fructose through a proprietary process developed in collaboration with Kagawa University. This innovative sweetener has attained GRAS (Generally Recognised As Safe) status under the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA). 

ASTRAEA Allulose is low in calorie, which is 0.2 to 0.4 kcal/g, as compared to 4 kcal/g for regular sugar (sucrose). Besides, more than 99% of Allulose is excreted in urine as the body does not metabolize it, resulting an almost zero glycemic index, and has no impact on blood glucose and insulin levels. This makes it a suitable alternative for individuals concerned about blood glucose and obesity.

In addition, ASTRAEA Allulose has a similar taste and texture to regular sugar (sucrose) with about 70% of its sweetness. With only rough 10% of the calorie in regular sugar, as well as clean sweet taste with no aftertaste, ASTRAEA Allulose it an ideal replacement for table sugar for beverages, bakery, confectionary products, as well as cooking. On top of that, ASTRAEA Allulose provides wide-ranging health benefits, including manage blood sugar and insulin, support weight management, protect against tooth decay and provide antioxidant protection.

 

Q: How does ASTRAEA allulose better than regular sugar (sucrose)?
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There are several features that make allulose far greater than regular sugar:
1.   Low calorie. Allulose provides only 0.2 to 0.4 kcal/g calorie, which is significantly lower than the 4 kcal/g in regular sugar. In addition, the body does not metabolize allulose into glucose, hence it is almost calorie-free and unlikely to contribute to weight gain.
2.    No effect on blood glucose or insulin levels. Since the body does not metabolize allulose, allulose helps regulate healthy blood sugar or insulin levels. 
3.    Protect from tooth decay. As allulose is not metabolized by mouth bacteria, it does not contribute to the production of enamel-damaging acids nor promote the growth of oral bacteria which is associated with tooth decay. 
4.    Provide health benefits to the body. Allulose helps improve insulin sensitivity, while regular sugar (sucrose) induces insulin resistance, which increases the risk of high blood sugar levels. Besides, allulose helps support healthy LDL cholesterol levels, protect against plaque buildup in the arteries and fatty liver, while regular sugar could increase the risk of cardiovascular diseases and fatty liver. 

 

Q: Who should take ASTRAEA allulose as alternative sugar replacement?
A:
Allulose is a viable sugar alternative for those with glucose concerns, as it helps regulate healthy blood sugar or insulin levels. In addition, this sugar is recommended for those with weight concerns, as allulose has low calorie, which is around 10% calorie of regular table sugar. In fact, allulose is an ideal sugar replacement for the whole family for daily consumption. Unlike regular sugar, this rare sugar does not lead to tooth decay. Besides, it confers various health benefits, including manage healthy blood glucose, support cardiovascular health, maintain liver health and provide antioxidant protection.  

 

Q: How could individuals with glucose concerns benefit from ASTRAEA allulose?
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 Unlike regular sugar, allulose does not impact blood sugar levels. The body does not metabolise allulose but instead excreting most of them in the urine. This helps maintain more stable blood sugar levels without sudden spikes and crashes. This rare sugar with almost zero glycemic index allows those with glucose concerns to satisfy their cravings for sweets without increasing their blood sugar levels. Furthermore, allulose helps regulate blood glucose levels in those with glucose concerns after a meal by increasing insulin sensitivity. Besides, allulose helps protect pancreatic beta cells, which secretes insulin hormone to lower the blood glucose levels.  

 

Q: How does ASTRAEA allulose aid in healthy weight loss?
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Burning calories through physical activity, combined with reducing the calories consumed is the key to help reduce and maintain healthy weight. Allulose with low calorie content, which is approximately 1/10 calorie of regular sugar helps manage body weight without reducing the palatability of the diet. Research showed that allulose administration is associated with significant reduction in body mass index (BMI) as well as abdominal and subcutaneous fat (Nutrients. 2018 Feb; 10(2): 160). Besides, allulose also helps enhance energy metabolism, improving fat burning which aids in weight loss (Nutrition. 2017 Nov-Dec;43-44:16-20).

 

Q: Is ASTRAEA allulose safe and good for children?
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: Yes. Unlike regular sugar, allulose does not promote enamel-damaging acids produced by bacteria in the mouth, which can lead to tooth decay. Besides, this rare sugar helps control bacteria growth in the mouth. In addition to oral health, allulose could act as probiotics to support the growth and activity of probiotics (good bacteria in the gut), which are beneficial to gastrointestinal and digestive health.

 

Q: Is ASTRAEA allulose suitable for those on ketogenic diet?
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Ketogenic diet is high in fat, but very low in carbohydrate. Although allulose is a carbohydrate, it is very low in calorie content and does not increase blood glucose levels, compared to regular sugar. Hence, allulose is keto-friendly and suitable for those on keto diet. 

 

Q: Will ASTRAEA allulose alter the taste of food?
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No, it does not. ASTRAEA allulose has similar taste to regular sugar, with 70% of sweetness. Besides, it does not leave bitter aftertaste or artificial flavour. Hence, it can be incorporated to any foods, beverages, cooking or baking without altering the natural taste and flavour. You can also consider blending allulose with regular sugar for baking for lower calorie content and glycemic index. 

Scientifically proven health benefits of allulose:
Supports healthy blood glucose and insulin levels

 

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Hyperglycemia or high blood glucose occurs when the body does not produce sufficient insulin or body cells become resistant to the insulin. High blood glucose mainly affects those with diabetes, which could lead to serious complications if left untreated. Allulose, a rare sugar with 70% sweetness of regular sugar (sucrose) but with approximately 10% calorie, is an ideal sugar substitute to regular sugar to support healthy blood glucose and insulin levels. 

Study 1: In this clinical trial, 30 participants without diabetes were orally administered a standard sucrose load (50 g) and randomised to placebo or escalating doses of allulose (2.5, 5.0, 7.5 and 10.0g). Their plasma glucose and insulin levels were measured before and at 30, 60, 90 and 120 minutes after ingestion. Compared to placebo, allulose administration was associated with a dose-dependent reduction of plasma glucose at 30 minutes, particularly glucose was significantly lower with 7.5 g and 10.0g allulose. Besides, there was significant lower insulin levels with 10.0g allulose, compared with placebo (p = 0.023). Notably, allulose resulted in a significant dose-dependent reduction in insulin excursion (deviation from normal) compared to placebo (p = 0.028), with significant reduction at 10.0g allulose. These findings suggest that allulose administration resulted in early dose-dependent reduction in plasma glucose and insulin levels, as well as reduced glucose and insulin excursion in non-diabetic subjects, supporting its anti-diabetes effects. 
 

Study 2: Excess intake of regular sugar and high-fructose corn syrup (HFCS) is associated with increased risk of diabetes and obesity. In this study, rats were administered with water, rare sugar syrup containing allulose (RSS) and high-fructose corn syrup (HFCS) in drinking water for 10 weeks and then evaluated for glucose tolerance, insulin tolerance and liver glycogen content. Administration of RSS significantly suppressed weight gain and abdominal fat mass (p < 0.05). In glucose tolerance test, RSS showed significantly lower blood glucose levels from 90 to 180 min (p < 0.05), while there was a significantly higher blood glucose levels in the HFCS group compared to the water group. In insulin tolerance test, the levels of insulin in the RSS group were significantly lower than the water group at 30, 60 and 90 minutes (p < 0.05). The amount of liver glycogen was 3 times greater in the RSS group, compared to other groups. In the event of high blood glucose, excess glucose will be converted into glycogen for storage in the liver. These findings suggest RSS helps maintain glucose tolerance and insulin sensitivity, supporting healthy blood glucose levels. 

 

 

Study 3: In this study, hyperglycemic and obese (OLETF) rats were fed 5% allulose dissolved in water or control (only water). Nondiabetic control (LETO) rats were taken as healthy control and fed water. Compard to control rats, allulose prevents the commencement and progression of type 2 diabetes till 60 weeks by maintaining blood glucose levels, managing postprandial (after meal) hyperglycemia, decreasing levels of HbA1c (average blood glucose levels for the last 2 to 3 months) and decreasing body weight gain, resultin in improvement in glycemic control. Besides, the plasma insulin were maintained and pancreatic beta-cells which produces insulin were preserved with significant reduction in inflammatory markers and body fat accumulation. These findings suggest that allulose has powerful antihyperglycemic and antihyperlipidemic effcts, which could be used as a replacement of regular sugar for those with diabetes and obesity. 

Study 4: In a clinical trial, prediabetes and diabetes group administered with allulose (D-psicose) showed lower blood glucose levels after meals, compared to control. For healthy subjects, allulose (D-psicose) helps maintain normal blood glucose levels without posing the risk of hypoglycaemia.
 

Study 5: In this study, rats regularly given foods containing allulose (D-psicose) or a mixture of D-fructose and allulose (D-psicose) (psico-rare sugar; fructose:psicose = 3:1) showed remarkably lower blood glucose levels throughout the day, compared to control and foods containing D-fructose. This suggests allulose (D-psicose) or psico-rare sugar added to regular meals help control elevated blood sugar levels. Furthermore, there was no difference in the changes of blood glucose level between D-psicose and psico-rare sugar groups, in which the D-psicose intake in psico-rare sugar group was 1/4 that of the D-psicose group, implying that this effect was not due to a decrease in sugar intake.

 

Support healthy weight loss

Regular sugar is a source of empty calories and provides limited nutrients. Excessive consumption of food high in added sugar may cause fat gain quickly and drastically. Allulose is however different. This almost-zero calorie sugar can be consumed by obese/overweight individuals, which has beneficial effects on obesity-related metabolism. 
Study 1: In this clinical study, 121 Korean subjects aged 20 to 40 years old with body mass index (BMI) ≥ 23 kg/m2 were randomly administered placebo control (0.012 g x 2 times daily sucralose), low-dose allulose (4g x 2 times daily allulose) and high-dose allulose (7g x 2 times daily allulose). Following allulose supplementation, body fat percentage and body fat mass were significantly decreased. Compared to placebo, group administered with high-dose allulose showed a significant decrease in body mass index (BMI), total abdominal and subcutaneous fat areas. These findings suggest the beneficial effects of allulose on overweight/obesity in a dose-dependent manner. 
 

 

Study 2: In this study, 13 healthy men and women with mean age of 35.7 years old and BMI 20.9 kg/m2 were fasted overnight, which were then orally administered 5g of allulose or 10 mg of aspartame without any sugar as a control. After 30 minutes, they ingested a standardised meal and energy metabolism and blood glucose were analysed. Compared to control group, allulose-treated group showed significantly higher fat oxidation (p < 0.05), lower carbohydrate oxidation, lower blood glucose and higher free fatty acid levels. These findings suggest that allulose enhances postprandial (after meal) fat oxidation via enhanced energy metabolism. This makes allulose an ideal sweetener to manage and maintain healthy body weight. 

Support cardiovascular health

Atherosclerosis is a disease in which plaque builds up inside arteries, resulting in hardening and narrowing of the blood vessels. Allulose (D-psicose) was found to suppress the secretion of Monocyte chemoattractant peptide-1 (MCP-1), an atherosclerosis promoter factor, from vascular endothelial cells that line heart and blood vessels, which promotes the development of early atherosclerotic lesions.

Support healthy liver

Fatty liver disease is a build-up of fat inside the liver which can affect liver function, cause liver damage and lead to severe complications over time. Among the risk factors of fatty liver includes obesity, high blood cholesterol and triglycerides, high alcohol intake and type 2 diabetes. Several studies suggested the benefits of allulose on the liver health.
Study 1: In this clinical trial, 90 subjects with high LDL (bad) cholesterol levels were administered high-dose allulose (15 g allulose/day), low-dose allulose (5 g allulose/day) or placebo (0 g allulose/day) and a daily test beverage for 48 weeks. Clinical examinations were conducted every eight weeks, starting from initial consumption until week 52. After long-term allulose consumption, there were significant improvements in liver enzyme activities, fatty liver score and glucose metabolism. These findings suggest the safety and efficacy of allulose in improving liver functions and glucose metabolism (Fundamental Toxicological Sciences. 7:1 (2020)).

Study 2: In this study, leptin-deficient obese mice were subchronic (repeats over a relatively short period) ingestion of allulose for 15 weeks. Allulose administration resulted in significant decrease in body and liver weights, loss of body weight and total fat mass, including abdominal visceral fat. Besides, allulose improved hepatic steatosis, which is a common condition caused by too much fat build-up in the liver. In the normal mice, single or long-term consumption of D-allulose does not influence these parameters. These findings suggest that dietary supplementation of allulose has beneficial effects on obesity-related hepatic steatosis, without exercise therapy or dietary restriction, making allulose a useful supplement for protecting against and improving obesity and obesity-related disorders.

 

Support healthy immune response

Study 1: Allergic reactions such as atopic dermatitis and nasal allergy can be controlled by suppressing abnormal T lymphocyte (immune cell) proliferation. The effect of allulose (D-psicose) on proliferation activities of T-lymphocytes was evaluated using the thymidine uptake. Allulose (D-psicose) was found to suppress T-lymphocyte proliferation by inhibiting thymidine uptake and thus, producing immunosuppressive and anti-allergic effects.
 

Study 2: Allulose (D-psicose) markedly inhibited growth, motility and reproductive maturity of parasites C. elegans larvae. In addition to D-psicose, tea polyphenols were found to have strong parasitic controlling effects.  Anti-parasitic effects were higher when tea polyphenol compounds and allulose (D-psicose) were used in combination compared with the case of polyphenol alone. In view of the observed survival rates of C. elegans, tea polyphenol/D-psicose combinations had much stronger inhibitory effects than the anthelmintic drug Thiabendazole.

 

 

Supports healthy nervous system

Allulose (D-psicose) has been shown to protect neurons (nerve cells) from degeneration and death, implying the possible applications of this rare sugar in protecting against neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease. 

In this study, 200µM 6-hydroxydopamine (6-OHDA), which specifically destroys dopaminergic neurons and causes Parkinson’s disease, was added to rat cells. About 55% of the cells died due to toxicity of 6-OHDA. However, when allulose (D-psicose) was added at 50mM along with 6-OHDA, nearly 75% of the cells survived, indicating its cell-protecting effect. 
 

 

Improve food properties

Allulose, which is a sweetener which tastes like sugar, but with only 10% calorie of regular sugar, is a great substitute for sugar in cakes, cookies and other baked goods. Compared to regular sugar, it browns more quickly and does not crystallise. On top of these, it provides health benefits, including antioxidant, regulation of blood glucose and lipid, as well as weight management, which are unachievable by the regular sugar. 
Study 1: Sponge cake was baked with one portion (20%) of its sugar replaced with allulose (D-psicose) and allulose helped improve both antioxidant properties and colouring of the cake. 

 

Study 2: Allulose (D-psicose) showed higher viscoelasticity when added to pudding compared to other sugars (sucrose, D-fructose). In addition, pudding containing allulose also showed higher 1,1-diphenyl-2-picrylhydrozyl (DPPH) radical scavenger activity, implying excellent antioxidant properties of D-psicose compared to sucrose and D-fructose.

Study 3: Good aroma and browning effect of baked foods are results of reaction between sugars and amino acids or proteins in foods. In this study, reaction between allulose (D-psicose) and phenylalanine (amino acid) was found to produce aromatic components in larger amounts than that using D-fructose. In addition, the reaction using allulose was also shown to progress more efficiently, resulting in more rapid and easier browning of foods. 

Study 4: Surimi, a water-leached and cryo-stabilized ground fish muscle paste, is  a  raw  material  for  making  gelled  seafood  products, such  as  kamaboko  and  imitation  shellfish. During freezing and frozen storage, surimi proteins denature, leading to significant quality deterioration of final gelled seafood products. 
In this study, the quality of frozen surimi is determined by the elasticity of a gel formed by heating salted surimi paste. The breaking stress of every gel sample (without allulose) decreased after 1- and 2-months storage at -20oC.  However, the breaking stress of the sample containing allulose (D-psicose) was significantly higher than control sample. Thus, allulose (D-psicose) was found to improve the elasticity of fish muscle proteins, suggesting the application of allulose as a cryoprotectant. 
 

The breaking distortion also decreased with prolonged freezing. However, allulose (D-psicose) remarkably restrained the decreasing rate, implying that allulose is able to prevent the decline in the gel-forming ability of surimi during frozen storage.

 

Sugar Is Highly Addictive!

Sugar triggers a massive dopamine release in the brain's reward center, leading to a strong addiction. This can drive excessive sugar consumption and may have negative impacts on health.

In collaboration with Kagawa University, Astraea is an allulose produced in Japan by Matsutani Chemical Industry Co. Ltd., a global pioneer and leader in rare sugars.

 

Backed by decades of research, Astraea Allulose is guaranteed to meet exceptionally high standards of quality, purity, and safety.

Natural Sweetener Without the Calories

Allulose is a natural sugar alternative that cannot be metabolized and converted into energy in the body. As a result, it has a glycemic index close to zero, causing no impact on blood glucose and insulin levels. This makes allulose an excellent alternative to regular sugar for sweetening, flavoring, or seasoning, especially for individuals with blood glucose concerns, or those looking to manage obesity.

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