In a release to the ASX this morning Holista, which has offices in Perth and Kuala Lumpur, said it was working with Florida based 2017 Noble Prize nominee Daryl Thompson on the ingredient.
Holista CollTech, a Perth-based biotech, to file a patent for the world’s first low-GI sugar made out of all-natural ingredients.
Holista, which develops “natural health style products”, said its natural low-GI sugar “can be melted, baked and caramelized for use in all cooking applications”. Holista CollTech Ltd is the result of the merger between Holista Biotech of Malaysia and CollTech Australia.
Collaboration for Good:
The company says the new sugar is the result a collaboration with 2017 Nobel Prize nominee and emerging thought leader in carbohydrate chemistry, Daryl Thompson.
Thompson and Rajen Manicka, CEO of Holista, are both listed as co-inventors.
Manicka says the low-GI product mimics how nature adds sugars found in fruits and vegetables.
“Sugar in nature is low-GI and our formula is based on this insight,” he says.
“It satisfies all the sensory requirements of sugar. It also can replace sugar in its many industrial applications with minimal formulation challenges.”
Difference between Holista’s Sugar and other alternatives:
Holista’s natural low-GI sugar, unlike other sugar alternatives which are usually only used in beverages, can be melted, baked and caramelized for use in cooking.
A 2012 study in the journal Nature argued that sugar should be considered as toxic as other substances harmful to health, such as alcohol or tobacco.
High-GI foods are rapidly and easily converted by the body to sugar, causing spikes/rise in blood sugar levels that can lead to heart disease, diabetes and obesity.
Holista says the low-GI sugar formula is being refined before testing at GI Labs in Toronto, Canada.
The company expects to launch the product by June this year.
The impact on the food industry could be significant.
Holista says consumer surveys repeatedly show people don’t want to see “sugar” on the label of their foods.
Until now, the only alternative is chemical-based. And by this research we’ll be having a much healthier alternative. This invention is surely going to flourish in the market and will be raising the company’s share to another height. While helping and keeping people remain healthy after having all favorite food/desert.