Words by: Ms.Mars
Photos: Jeffrey Avallanosa
In this modern times we are all in, staying fit and staying healthy are not easy goals to do. A conglomerate of food options is at our very disposal 24/7. Refraining from taking in oily, fried, too salty and sweet foods have become strict reminders if one sticks to their fitness goals to the tee.
But fear no more especially to some who are diagnosed with diabetes or related condition. Churner Group invited some media & bloggers for a sampling of Suchero, an organic sweetener and better alternative for processed sugar. Suchero was mixed and incorporated in all of the delicious dishes that was served that night courtesy of Red Crab restaurant in McKinley Hill. The outcome, perfectly blending well with the entire menu and yet still staying healthy on the side.
“The best sugar alternative fit for the whole family must not only be healthy and all-natural, it must also be certified organic”, according to Mr. Joey Villa, president of the Philippine-based Churner Group which produces Suchero. Having been in this business for a good number of years, Mr. Villa is excited about the market and was pleased to share that more and more companies and food-related businesses are using Suchero in their menus.
Some sweeteners may claim to be natural because they are plant or fruit-based. “But there is no assurance that they were not subjected to chemical and other harmful processes or do not include chemical food additives that may prove to be unsafe over the long run. An organic certification dismisses all those fears,” stresses Villa.
The best proof of Suchero’s effectiveness and safety as a sweetener is in the tasting. Made from the sap of coconut trees, it has a rich caramel flavor and no after taste. It is also rich in amino acids and vitamins as well as minerals such as calcium, potassium, magnesium, phosphorus, zinc, iron, and manganese. He explains, “The human body does not produce minerals and these must be provided from food sources. Vitamins have little function without minerals. Minerals enable the vitamins to effectively accomplish its purposes.”
This alternative sweetener has an organic certification from the US Department of Agriculture – National Organic Program and a Certificate of Conformity from EU (European Union) Organic Products. Both certifications ensure that no synthetic inputs or chemical fertilizers and other harmful ingredients were used to produce Suchero.
Listen to this, according to Villa, health buffs especially those who join marathons take Suchero straight from the packet to replace their energy after strenuous activity. “Suchero provides them the extra energy they need but does not dramatically raise their glycemic index the way real sugar does.”
Better yet, Suchero behaves like sugar. “When a recipe calls for one cup of sugar, one may use one cup of Suchero without worrying about any deviations on taste. Preparing and cooking food is easy and hassle-free,” he confirms.
Good news for coffee drinkers, Opti-Life Innovations representative Ms. Shirley Su-Alampay was delighted to share and introduce their product, the Optimo 3+3 Coffee Mix with Suchero. It is the first and only instant coffee mix with Suchero having no preservatives, coloring and artificial flavouring.
“Optimo is a healthier coffee alternative because the mix also includes Ginkgo Biloba which contains flavonoids and ginkgolides responsible to boost memory for improved mental performance; grape seeds and green tea extract. Try it to find out the difference,” invites Ms. Shirley.
Certified by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and recognized as organic globally by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) and the European Commission (EC), “Suchero not only makes you look good because it is 100% natural with less calories, but also packed with nutrients to make you feel good,” concludes Villa.
Suchero is currently marketed in major supermarkets and drugstores nationwide. It is now also being distributed in South Korea by a leading coffee shop chain and is now available in supermarkets in the US, Canada, and Netherlands. It will soon be available in more countries around the globe – a recognition of its superiority as a healthy organic and great tasting sweetener.
Staying fit and healthy is really not difficult to attain. We should be wise and smart to pick and choose what is best and right for our bodies for long-lasting results
Many thanks to Mr. Joey Villa, Ms. Shirley Su-Alampay, Titanium Runner Blas Tiangco and Pinoyfitness for covering the event.
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