Global Sugar Free & Alternative Market: Overview
Sugar-free ice cream is a type of ice cream that is made by replacing sugar with sugar alcohol. Sugar alcohols are sugar-derived compounds that have a similar taste and appearance to sugar but contain fewer calories. Sugar alcohols such as xylitol, erythritol, sorbitol, and maltitol are examples of popular sugar alcohols that can be used to make sugar-free ice cream.
Sugar-free ice cream is perceived as a healthier alternative to regular ice cream due to fewer calories and fewer negative health effects. This is a major factor driving the global growth of the sugar-free ice cream market. Furthermore, the rising prevalence of diabetes, obesity, and heart disease is increasing demand for sugar-free ice cream.
Consumers are becoming more aware of their nutritional needs as they have easy access to nearly infinite information. As a result, consumers have become more conscious of making healthier food and beverage choices. Because of rising health concerns, they are increasingly demanding healthier, lower-calorie foods and beverages. According to the US Department of Health and Human Services’ 2020 National Diabetes Statistics Report, 10.5% of the US population had diabetes in 2018, 13.0% of all US adults had diabetes, 2.8% of all US adults met laboratory criteria for diabetes but were unaware of or did not report having diabetes, and 21.4% of all US adults were diagnosed with diabetes. As people’s health conditions worsen, there is a greater demand for low-calorie food and beverage products to help them maintain a healthy diet. Sugar substitutes are preferred by most health-conscious consumers because they contain fewer calories than regular sugar. Consumption of sugar substitutes provides advantages to health-conscious consumers. Consumption of sugar substitutes, for example, aids in weight control and diabetes management. Artificial sweeteners are not carbohydrates, so they do not raise blood sugar levels. Sugar substitutes contain almost no calories, whereas a teaspoon of sugar contains approximately 16 calories. Stevia is a sugar substitute with hundreds of times the sweetness of sugar and almost no calories.
Furthermore, stevia reduces high blood pressure by 6-14% in hypertensive people. It also aids in the reduction of blood sugar levels in diabetics. Stevia also aids in insulin sensitivity, artery plaque reduction, and oxidised LDL cholesterol reduction. Erythritol has no effect on blood lipids such as cholesterol or triglycerides and does not raise insulin or blood sugar levels. Sugar substitutes’ numerous health benefits, as well as rising consumer health consciousness, drive demand for sugar substitutes during the forecast period.
Global Sugar Free & Alternative Market: Major Players
MacAndrews & Forbes Incorporated
JK Sucralose Incorporation
Ajinomoto Co. Inc.
Archer Daniels Midland Company
E. I. du Pont de Nemours and Company
Tate & Lyle PLC
Roquette Freres S.A.
Global Sugar Free & Alternative Market: Types
Sugar-Free Dairy Products
Sugar-Free Bakery Products
Global Sugar Free & Alternative Market: Applications
Because of growing consumer concerns about health and the perception that diet directly affects health, the rise of functional foods and dietary supplements has played a key role in healthy habits in recent years. Global demand for functional foods is being driven primarily by rising consumer awareness of micronutrient deficiencies, rising health concerns, rising disease occurrences, and rising disposable income. Furthermore, the global rise in chronic diseases is increasing consumer interest in nutritional food.
Food safety regulations are overseen by international organisations such as the National Food Safety and Quality Service (SENASA), the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA), the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the World Health Organization (WHO), and the Committee on the Environment, Public Health, and Food Safety (EU). These organisations have direct or indirect control over the use of various chemicals and materials used in food processing. Sugar substitutes are subjected to stringent health and safety inspections. Regulatory bodies have conducted numerous studies to measure and assess the impact of these products on humans. Products are classified based on the results, and the daily intake allowance (DIA) has been established. Standards established by agencies for classification and usage levels differ between respective authoritative bodies, posing a serious problem for companies seeking to streamline product development. European laws regarding artificial sweeteners are strict, whereas US regulations favour the introduction of novel sweeteners regardless of origin. Sweeteners such as aletame, neotame, and stevioside are currently prohibited in Europe. Many stringent regulations on the manufacture, use, consumption, and labelling of sugar substitutes impede market growth. These regulations for the use of sweeteners as a food ingredient stifle global sweetener industry growth, particularly in European countries.