Frequently Asked Questions

1. Can I claim that my food product is Low GI if I use Alchemy Fibre?

In order to claim Low GI in any food product, it has to be tested in an accredited testing lab as Low GI.

2. Is Alchemy Fibre clean label?

Certain blends of Alchemy Fibre can be considered clean label (e.g. FAB G140, RISE and NOBBY). Others like WITTY, WITTY S40 and BRAVO G120 are not considered clean label. Nevertheless, all AF blends are plant-based fibres.

3. What happens if you use too much Alchemy Fibre?

As Alchemy Fibre is not a flour, it should be used in partial replacement, not full replacement. In large amounts, Alchemy Fibre will affect the texture properties of doughs or final products. For instance, certain AF blends are not fully soluble, hence in large amounts it will give a powdery mouthfeel in the final product.

4. Can Alchemy Fibre help me in my application for HCS (Healthier Choice Symbol)?

Depending on the food application, using AF can help with HCS application. Using AF blends cannot help with HCS application for most bakery products including cakes and bread due to their requirement of wholegrains. Using AF for cookies and biscuits can help as these have no requirement for wholegrains and AF helps with sugar reduction. Using AF blends can also help with HCS application for various desserts including jellies, ice cream and frozen yogurt.

1. What is maltitol?

Maltitol is a naturally-occuring sugar substitute from plant that has significantly lower GI compared to regular sugar.

2. Why do you recommend to use maltitol?

Maltitol has 75-90% sweetness of sugar and it is a suitable sugar substitute for bakery application as it provides the bulk and browning required. Maltitol has less of a cooling effect on the tongue compared to erythritol, making it more similar to sugar. Maltitol is also cheaper than erythritol.

3. Is maltitol suitable for diabetics?

Evidence on the suitability of maltitol for diabetics is conflicting. Thus, diabetics should consume products containing maltitol at their/their doctor’s discretion. Food products containing maltitol are likely to have lower GI than their sugar counterparts, thus are suitable for people looking to consume food that is lower in GI.

4. Can I still claim “No Sugar Added” if I add toppings to the bakes?

Depends on the toppings. Nuts can be added to keep the “no sugar added” claims but fruit or chocolate chips will be considered added sugars.

5. Is maltitol safe for children?

Maltitol is a food ingredient that is “generally recognised as safe” (GRAS), and thus there are no limits set on its consumption. However, maltitol, like many sugar substitutes, can be fermented by bacteria and yeast living in the large intestines, leading to bloating or flatulence. Since children’s digestive systems are less developed than adults, it is prudent to limit the intake of any sugar substitute in children.

6. Do your premixes contain any allergens?

Our premixes contain flour (allergen: wheat gluten).

7. Do Alchemy Premixes baked goods have lower GI than standard premixes?

Our brownie, cookie, muffin and pancake premixes have been sent for GI testing. The brownies, cookies and pancakes made as per instructions written on the back of the packaging are all tested Low GI while our muffins are tested Medium GI.

8. How do I use Alchemy Premixes?

Please follow the instructions stated at the pack of each premix packaging. Please note that each premix requires additional wet ingredients such as eggs, yogurt, butter and milk.