Nutrition and taste go hand in hand at Alpro

Taste should never be a compromise for a healthy diet. At Alpro, we continuously improve our products to make them even more delicious and to optimize their nutritional profile. Within this, reducing sugars and saturated fats are key. We offer a wide range of foods and drinks with varying amounts of sugars. From unsweetened products to products low in sugars, right through to gently sweetened indulgent ones. There is something for everyone.

Great taste. Lower in sugars.

Nutritional labels can tell you how much total sugars are in a food or drink. The total amount of sugars in a product includes both naturally present sugars, and sugars that have been added. Dairy foods naturally contain sugars; the milk sugar lactose to be more specific. Soya foods don’t. That's why we add a little to our products, so we can offer the best taste experience. Alpro offers a wide range of foods and drinks with varying amounts of sugars. Most of our products have the same, if not lower, amounts of sugars than comparable dairy alternatives.

Less is more?

Free from sugars

5 products

These products are free from sugars or sweeteners. Products may legally claim they are free from sugars if they contain no more than 0.5g of sugars per 100g or 100ml.

Low in sugars

13 products

Products may legally use the claim 'low in sugars' if they contain no more than 5g of sugars per 100g for foods or 2.5g of sugars per 100ml for drinks.

30% less sugars

than the market reference

5 products

These products contain 30% less sugars than the market reference in the equivalent dairy category.

Sugars are sugars - Fact or fiction?

Fact! Glucose, lactose, sucrose… there are many different types of sugars. Some are naturally present in foods, such as lactose in milk or fructose in fruit. Others are added to foods, such as beet sugar or syrup. All sugars, added and naturally occurring, are made of the same building blocks (sugar molecules) – either as single sugar molecules (monosaccharaides such as glucose, fructose and galactose) or two sugar molecules joined together (dissachararides such as sucrose, lactose and maltose). That's why all sugars get treated by the body in a similar way and provide the same amount of calories – 4kcal per gram of sugar. Keep this in mind when you're choosing your breakfast. Take a look at the nutritional information mentioned on pack, especially at the total amount of sugars per 100ml or per 100g.

And we’re not finished yet…

We’re continuously testing new ingredients and technologies which allow us to make constant improvements to our products. Since 2008 we have reduced the total sugars content of our product portfolio by 12%. By 2018 we aim to further lower this by an additional 12.5%. Keep an eye on our website to keep track of our product development.

What about other nutrients?

Of course, sugars aren’t the whole story. Other nutrients – such as proteins, fats and vitamins – matter as well. All Alpro products are 100% plant-based and most are naturally low in saturated fats. On top of that we never add artificial sweeteners colours or preservatives to our delicious drinks, cream and yogurt alternatives. Why would we? They taste and look so good without.

100% plant-based

Naturally low in saturated fats

Alpro products tend to be low in saturated fats. Simply because all Alpro products are plant-based and the majority of saturated fats are animal-based. Hence most of our drinks, desserts, our alternatives to yogurt can legally claim they are low in saturated fats.

Side by side

The following table shows the typical nutritional content of Alpro products and their dairy counterparts.

Any further questions?

Does the body use ‘added’ sugars and sugars that are naturally present in foods in a different way?

No, they get used by the body in the same way. All sugars, whether they’ve been added to foods or are naturally present in foods, are made up of the same building blocks (sugar molecules) -either as single sugar molecules (monosaccharides – glucose, fructose and galactose) or two sugar molecules joined together (disaccharides – sucrose, lactose and maltose). This is why sugars, whether added or natural, get treated by the body in the same way and provide the same amount of calories - 4kcals/ gram of sugar.

What is the recommended sugars intake in a healthy diet?

As part of a healthy, balanced diet the recommended reference intake (RI) for all sugars is 90g/day. This includes sugars naturally present in food, as well as sugars that have been added to foods.

The RI value provides a useful indication as to the amount of sugars an average person can eat a day as part of a healthy, balanced diet. This value is based on an average sized woman doing an average amount of physical activity. However RI's are not intended to be targets. Requirements may vary depending on individual factors, such as age and activity levels.

 

 

 

 

Where can I find information on how much sugars a food or drink contains?

Nutrition labels can tell you how much sugars are in a food or drink. Look out for ‘Carbohydrates (of which sugars)’ on the nutrition label. This sugars figure is the total amount of sugars in a product and includes both naturally present sugars, and sugars that have been added. Information about the individual sugars, such as glucose, fructose, galactose, maltose, lactose and sucrose, are by law not allowed to be mentioned in the nutrition panel.

How can I reduce my sugars intake?

The recommended reference intake (RI) for sugars is 90g/ day. By looking at the nutrition labels you can find out how much sugars is in a particular product. Compare labels to choose foods and drinks that are lower in sugars. Also look out for products low in sugars or sugar-free. Cutting down on portion sizes may also help to reduce your sugars intake. 

 

When is a product low in sugars or sugars free?

If a product makes a claim that it’s low in sugars, or gives the impression that it’s low in sugars, then by law it can’t contain more than 5g of sugars per 100g for solids or 2.5g of sugars per 100mls for liquids.

In a similar way, if a product claims to be sugar-free, or gives the same impression, it can’t contain more than 0.5g of sugars per 100g or 100mls.

How much sugar is in Alpro products?

Alpro offers a wide range of food and drinks, containing variable quantities of sugar – from unsweetened and low sugar products, through to gently sweetened, indulgent products.

We’re continuously testing and improving our recipes by trying new ingredients and technologies, allowing us to make constant improvements to our products. Several products from the Alpro range have already had their total sugar content reduced by up to 15%. All Alpro products have the same, if not lower, quantity of sugar than comparable dairy alternatives. 

If you are looking for:

- Products that are free from, or contain low or reduced sugar, click here

- Nutritional information of a product can be found on the product page. Simply open the nutritional information submenu. 

Why doesn’t Alpro use low calorie sweeteners?

Alpro’s mission is to create naturally healthy and delicious products for all. For this reason Alpro never uses artificial sweeteners such as aspartame, acesulfame-K and sucralose. Instead, if sweetness is needed in a product, a small amount of natural sugar is added. However this is kept as low as possible, while still giving the desired taste. Because of this the sugars content is never higher than comparable products on the market, and in most cases is significantly lower.

Do soya foods contain more sugars compared to cow’s milk or dairy products?

Generally soya foods contain less sugars than similar dairy products. Dairy foods contain the milk sugar lactose, which is not present in soya foods. Semi-skimmed milk contains 5g of lactose per 100mls. Whereas 100mls of a non-flavoured soya drink contains around 2.5g of sugars. Only the smallest amounts of sugars are used to ensure taste is not compromised. This makes soya foods a perfect fit into a healthy, balanced diet.

 

Are soya products suitable for people with diabetes?

As for the general population, dietary advice for people with diabetes is to eat a diet that’s healthy and balanced. This doesn’t mean you have to cut sugars out of your diet completely. Including moderate amounts of carbohydrates, including sugars, which are spread out over the day, can still be enjoyed as part of a healthy and varied diet.

To help reduce your sugars intake choose products low in sugars or sugar-free. As well as carbohydrate and sugars it’s also important to consider calories, saturated fat and alcohol.  Tailored dietary advice for diabetes, along with guidance on the use of certain foods and drinks in the diet, should always be sought from a qualified health professional such as a Dietitian or GP.

Why does Alpro use white beet sugar instead of raw cane sugar?

Sugars that are added to foods comes from either sugar cane or sugar beet. By using white beet sugar we can guarantee a great tasting, high quality product.

Using white beet sugar also helps reduce the environmental footprint of our products. Raw cane sugar is typically produced outside the EU, whereas white beet sugar is locally sourced. Less transport means a reduction in CO2 emissions, and, along with savings in water usage, makes using white beet sugar more environmentally friendly. 

Also there is no nutritional advantages in using cane sugar. While analyses have shown very small differences in certain minerals, these are so small they’re unlikely to have an impact on our daily intake of these minerals.

Isn't raw cane sugar healthier than beet sugar?

Sugar is identical whether it comes from beet or cane. The production process of both white beet sugar and raw cane sugar is similar. While white sugar goes through one further refining step, there are no differences in terms of health. Analyses have shown very small differences in certain minerals, however these are so small they’re unlikely to have an impact on our daily intake of these minerals.

Aren't syrups healthier than beet sugar?

There are many different types of syrups that can be used in foods e.g. glucose syrup, glucose-fructose syrup, agave syrup, maple syrup, corn syrup, chicory syrup, wheat syrup. All these syrups are made up of sugars and provide the same amount of calories. No matter where your sugars come from, sugar beet or syrups, they will have the same effect on your daily calorie and nutrient intake. 

Why is Alpro not replacing sugars with steviol glycosides (stevia)?

Alpro is constantly evaluating and testing new ingredients and technologies to improve existing products and to create new ones. As such we’re investigating the possibility of using steviol glycosides (stevia) in our products. Steviol glycosides/ stevia is a sweetener from the stevia plant that’s been approved for use in foods and drinks by the European Food Safety Authority.

However it’s not as simple as swapping sugars in a product for steviol glycosides/ stevia. The regulatory framework provides guidelines on the use of steviol glycosides in different food and drink categories, including the types of products it can be used in, maximum levels of sweetener allowed in these categories, and certain conditions that need to be met. For example, in some categories they can only be used in energy reduced products. Due to these regulatory constraints, replacing sugar for steviol glycosides may not be legally allowed or technically possible. Even when it is possible, we need to test and evaluate the specific taste of the steviol glycosides in the final product as the results are not always as expected.

 

What kind of sugar is used in which Alpro products?

The type of sugar used varies from product to product. Sugar beet is mainly used in Alpro drinks and desserts. In the plant-based alternatives to yoghurt, either sugar beet alone, or a combination of sugar beet and glucose-fructose syrup, is used. The choice of which sugar to use is all about finding the best one, which when combined with the other ingredients, produces a great tasting product with the perfect texture. Alpro is constantly evaluating and testing new ingredients and technologies to improve existing products and to create new ones.

Why doesn’t Alpro use low calorie sweeteners?

Alpro’s mission is to create naturally healthy and delicious products for all. For this reason Alpro never uses artificial sweeteners such as aspartame, acesulfame-K and sucralose. Instead, if sweetness is needed in a product, a small amount of natural sugar is added. However this is kept as low as possible, while still giving the desired taste. Because of this the sugars content is never higher than comparable products on the market, and in most cases is significantly lower.

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