Frequently Asked Questions
The Canderel® Range
The core intense sweeteners used in CANDEREL® products (Aspartame, Acesulfame-K, and Sucralose are between 200 and 400 times sweeter than sugar. We therefore use maltodextrin to make very concentrated intense sweeteners to dissolve and to provide same volume as sugar.
Maltodextrin is an easily digested f carbohydrate that is completely soluble in our body. It’s widely used as a bulking agent in foods and dry mix products including infant formula. We use non-gmo, gluten free corn based maltodextrin in our formulation.
On a volume basis, sugar and Canderel supply equal sweetness. The Canderel weighs a lot less though, which is why it has only 2 calories per teaspoon compared to 16 calories per teaspoon of sugar so, for example if you enjoy one teaspoon of sugar in your tea, you use one teaspoon of Canderel granules for a lot less calories.
Yes. CANDEREL® does not affect glucose or insulin levels. Thanks to CANDEREL®, people with diabetes can choose from a wider variety of foods and drinks, making it easier to follow nutritional recommendations. CANDEREL® products allows diabetics the freedom to enjoy a low calorie alternative to sugar without compromising on taste.
All products in the CANDEREL® range are suitable and safe for children and infants, however we do not particularly recommend CANDEREL® for infants or very young children (up to the age of three years old). This does not mean that they should never consume foods or drinks made with CANDEREL®; it simply means that growing children need carbohydrates, including sugar, for healthy growth and development. For children with insulin-dependent diabetes mellitus, CANDEREL® can be helpful. It allows these children to enjoy sweet things and still maintain their prescribed diet.
All CANDEREL® products can all be safely consumed by pregnant women in their diets. However we also remind pregnant women that they need adequate calories to nourish the foetus and should consult with a physician or registered dietician about their nutritional needs to follow dietary recommendations given by their doctor.
Yes, all CANDEREL® products can all be safely consumed by nursing mothers, but we also remind women that they need adequate calories to nourish the infant and should consult with a physician or registered dietician about their nutritional needs to follow dietary recommendations given by their doctor.
Yes, all CANDEREL® products are certified Kosher.
Yes, all CANDEREL® products are suitable for vegetarians, however CANDEREL® tablets are not suitable for vegans as the ingredients include Lactose from milk.
Replacing sugar with a low calorie sweetener can prove extremely useful in helping to maintain a healthy weight. Sweeteners contain very few calories and because they are very sweet, only a tiny amount provides the same sweetness as sugar. Low calorie sweeteners, such as those in CANDEREL®, are available in tablet, stick, liquid and granulated forms, making them a highly versatile alternative to sugar. They can be used in cooking, sprinkled on cereals, desserts and fruit, as well as in hot drinks. CANDEREL® products have zero calories per tablet, and 2 calories per teaspoon, whereas a teaspoon of sugar (4g) contains 16 calories.
The sweetening ingredients in CANDEREL® are metabolised by the body just like other foods.
Aspartame: Digested like other proteins to its components all of which occur in the diet in greater quantities.
Acesulfame-K: Not metabolised by the human body and excreted unchanged
Sucralose: Not metabolised by the human body and excreted unchanged
Stevia extracts (steviol glycosides): Broken down to steviol in the gut. Steviol is excreted in the urine as steviol glucuronide.
Yes. Aspartame is made from two amino acids, which are the building blocks of protein. When we consume foods or drinks containing Aspartame the sweetener is broken down to its component parts, which are treated in exactly the same way as if they had come from meat, milk or vegetables. Aspartame brings nothing new to the diet. Its safety has been re-confirmed many times by European Food safety Authority (EFSA).
The ADI set for Aspartame by the Food and Agriculture Organization/World Health Organization (FAO/WHO) Joint Expert Committee on Food Additives, is 40 mg/kg of body weight per day. An adult weighing 70kg can safely consume 184 CANDEREL® original tablets a day for their whole life
Sucralose is a non-calorie sweetener made from sugar. It’s 600 times sweeter than sugar and has a clean, sweet taste without an aftertaste. Sucralose can be used in place of sugar in many foods and beverages. It also works well in most home cooking and baking recipes.
Sucralose is produced from sugar through a multistep manufacturing process. During this process a small amount of chlorine is added which changes the structure of the sugar molecule. This change produces a sweetener that has no calories, but is 600 times sweeter than sugar. There is no cause for concern about the safety of sucralose due to the presence of chlorine. Chlorine is present naturally in many foods and beverages that we eat and drink every day. For example; lettuce, mushrooms, and table salt contain small amounts of chlorine.
Sucralose is being used in a broad range of foods and beverages. Currently, the types of products sweetened with Sucralose include carbonated soft drinks, low calorie fruit drinks and yoghurt.
The ADI set for Sucralose by the Food and Agriculture Organization/World Health Organization (FAO/WHO) Joint Expert Committee on Food Additives, is 15 mg/kg of body weight per day. For an adult weighing 70 kg can safety consume 170 teaspoons of Ideal for baking granular a day for the whole life.
CANDEREL® Sucralose is available in 75g Granular form in Poundland, Iceland Farmfoods, B&M Retail, £ poundstretcher and Savers. CANDEREL® Sucralose is also available in 150 tablet form at Farmfoods and Savers.
Cooking and Baking with Canderel®
CANDEREL® Sucralose is specially formulated to withstand high temperatures as it is heat stable so is perfect for recipes that require high temperatures.
Other Canderel granular products are perfect for simple and easy meals such as sprinkling on fruit or cereal or for recipes that don’t require cooking at high temperatures. Find recipes tailored for each product in the Canderel Kitchen for inspiration.
Usually recipes made with CANDEREL® granular require a shorter cooking time, especially cakes. Remember to look for visual signs that your recipe is done. The look and feel of your recipe is the best indicator.
Other Canderel Questions
CANDEREL® Green is still available in 150 tablets in Sainsbury’s but the Canderel® Stevia Granules product has been discontinued in the UK but is still available in ROI.
It is zero calorie, zero sugar sweetener in liquid form. It is perfect to use in hot and cold beverages and in many recipes. Just one squeeze sweetens like one teaspoon of sugar.