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Learn everything about sweeteners

You will find every aspect of Natreen, or Natrena, the sweetener for coffee, tea, dessert, cereals, etc. and as a brand for low calorie products such as Natreen drinks, yoghurts, marmalades, etc.

About Natreen

Natreen has a long history of success - more than 35 years - as a sweetener for coffee, tea, desserts, cereals, etc. and as a brand for low calorie products such as Natreen drinks, yoghurts, marmalades, etc. In the Benelux the brand is called Natrena. Natreen is the natural answer for millions of people who want to have the opportunity of joining in and eating the food they love while feeling comfortable. Natreen enables you to balance or to compensate your calorie needs as part of a harmonious lifestyle. Natreen is widely distributed in groceries and health food shops throughout Europe. Natreen is available in 4 different presentations: tablets, liquids, powder and as ready-to-use food products.

Usage of Natreen products

How can you use Natreen products?
Natreen products are used to replace sugar so that one can enjoy sweet products without the heavy burden of unnecessary calories. Natreen tablets are used in coffee, tea and other hot drinks. Natreen granulate is used on top of cold dishes, like desserts and fruit or frozen products. Natreen liquid is used for cooking and baking, but also for salad dressings.

Taste of Natreen

Does Natreen affect the taste of the products you use?
Certainly not! Natreen only adds a nice sweet taste - with hardly any calories - to the products you would like to eat or drink. It is in the first place the product itself which determines the taste... Natreen lets one enjoy it to the full monty!

Ingredients of sweeteners

What is aspartame?
Aspartame is a sweetener which was discovered some 25 years ago. It is approximately 200x sweeter than sugar. The heat resistance of this product is relatively weak: therefore it is less suitable for cooking and baking.

What is saccharin?
Saccharin is one of the eldest known sweeteners and has been used successfully over more than 100 years. It is approximately 400x sweeter than sugar.
Saccharin has a slightly bitter aftertaste, which is hardly noticeable when used in combination with other sweeteners.

What is cyclamate?
Cyclamate is a sweetener which was discovered 60 years ago. Since then it has been used mostly in combination with other sweeteners. Cyclamate is approximately 35x sweeter than sugar.

What is acesulfame-k?
Acesulfame-k is a sweetener which was discovered in the eighties. It is approximately 200x sweeter than sugar and is often used in combination with other sweeteners.

What is neohesperidine?
Neohesperidine is a sweetener and is produced from an extract of citrus products. It is 2000x sweeter than sugar and is usually mixed with other sweeteners. This product is an approved sweetener for usage throughout the EEC since 1997. What is thaumatin?
Thaumatin is a sweetener which is extracted from an exotic fruit. It is 2000x sweeter than sugar. This product is an approved sweetener for usage throughout the EEC since 1997.

Health and related items

Are the Natreen products 100% safe to use?
The Natreen products are made from very fine ingredients, which have been tested extensively for their purity. All used sweeteners comply with the existing local and European legislation and quality standards. From the extensive scientific tests done with sweetener, it is save to conclude that under normal daily usage Natreen's ingredients do not pose any risk for public health.

Can one use Natreen during pregnancy or breast feeding?
There are no exceptions for the use of Natreen during pregnancy or breast feeding; it can be used normally during these periods.

Does the use of Natreen damage your teeth?
None of the Natreen products are damaging your teeth except those Natreen products where sugar has been added. In these products usage of sugar is clearly indicated on the label.

Can one be allergic to Natreen?
An allergy for additives is rare. Fortunately - to our knowledge - it has never happened that someone reacted allergically to one of the ingredients of Natreen.

Why does some of Natreen's packaging carries the claim: "Contains a source of phenylalanine"?
This claim on the label of some of the Natreen products is related to the presence of aspartame, which is a source of phenylalanine. A very low percentage of the population (0.1%) cannot consume this substance, which comes naturally in other food products such as milk and eggs.

Miscellaneous

Who is using Natreen?
Consumer research indicates that in many countries Natreen is the most preferred sweetener. Users are mainly adults - men and women - who like to enjoy good tasting quality food and drinks.

source: Natreen