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Isomaltulose (chemical name: 6-0-α-D-glucopyranosyl-D-fructose), also known by the trade names Palatinose and NRGylose, is a disaccharide that is commericially produced enzymatically from sucrose. It is a natural constituent of honey and sugar cane and has a very natural sweet taste. It has been used as a sugar in Japan since 1985. It is particularly suitable as a non-cariogenic sucrose replacement and is favorable in products for diabetics and prediabetic dispositions.
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Like sucrose, it is fully digested and provides the same caloric value of approximately 4 kcal/g. Unlike sucrose, isomaltulose is toothfriendly and digested much slower leading not only to a low glycemic response but as well to a prolonged glucose supply. Thus, isomaltulose is a slowly released carbohydrate that therefore provides a more sustained energy supply from food and drinks. An optimal energy supply is a topic of increasing importance in research and product development as this may play a role in health (particularly control of obesity) as well as for physical and mental performance.
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