Food & Flavour

Tate & Lyle supports food and beverage businesses to help tackle diabetes

Tate & Lyle PLC (Tate & Lyle), a leading global provider of food and beverage ingredients and solutions, is proud to work with customers worldwide to improve the healthiness of the food supply. World Diabetes Day provides an opportunity for food and beverage businesses to consider what more they can do to support global efforts to tackle Type 2 diabetes and obesity.

Tate & Lyle is continually investing in research to create innovative new ingredients to help deliver healthier and great tasting food and beverages for consumers.

Tate & Lyle has a comprehensive no and low calorie sweetener portfolio that includes products like SPLENDA Sucralose and DOLCIA PRIMA Allulose and a full line of stevia products through its partnership with Sweet Green Fields. With this toolkit, Tate & Lyle is helping customers to create new foods, as well as reformulate existing consumer favourites, that are lower in calories and sugar, but still maintain their great taste. For example, since its discovery over 40 years ago, the amount of SPLENDA Sucralose produced by Tate & Lyle has been enough to replace over 21 million tonnes of sugar in the human diet. That is the equivalent of removing over 85 trillion calories from consumers’ diets globally. SPLENDA Sucralose has been, and continues to be, an important ingredient in helping people with diabetes enjoy sweet foods and beverages without impact on blood glucose levels.

Tate & Lyle is continuing to innovate, in line with consumer demand and societal need, to provide ingredients that make food and beverages healthier. For example, plant-based solutions such as stevia deliver a sugar like experience while reducing calories and helping to manage blood glucose levels.

Tate & Lyle is committed to helping those people who live with diabetes to have access to nutritious, reduced sugar foods and beverages they can enjoy. The latest addition, TASTEVA M Stevia Sweetener, is a new label-friendly stevia sweetener that starts from the leaf and tastes remarkably like sugar.

Tate & Lyle is building relationships with nutrition bodies to share its knowledge and expertise with those in the field as well as making sure resources are available to support healthier, more balanced diets and active lifestyles.

For instance, Tate & Lyle is working with the Shanghai Nutrition Society, a Government-guided specialist nutrition organisation, to help 1,000 children in two Shanghai schools to learn about healthy diets and lifestyles. Students aged between six and nine benefit from healthier lunches, nutrition and health education, and increased physical activity during the two-year programme. Tate & Lyle’s food scientists, nutrition experts and other employees host teachers, students and their families at the company’s food kitchen in Shanghai each month where they explain nutrition principles and demonstrate how to make nutritious and delicious meals.

Dr Kavita Karnik, VP Global Nutrition at Tate & Lyle, said: “According to the International Diabetes Federation (IDF), one in 11 people are currently living with diabetes globally and this number is expected to rise to 522 million by 2030. While these statistics may sound grim, there is good news – by taking proactive steps to adopt a healthier lifestyle now, IDF estimates that 80 percent of Type 2 diabetes cases can be prevented. And that’s where we believe Tate & Lyle can help to make a positive and lasting difference. Our purpose is to improve lives for generations by providing ingredients and solutions which help people make healthier and tastier choices when they eat and drink, and lead a more balanced lifestyle.

“Every food and beverage business must step up to help tackle obesity and diabetes and, with other partners, deliver a much needed step-change in global diets and lifestyles. We are proud to help customers to adapt their products and deliver health benefits. Given the scale of the challenge, we all need to push ourselves to think creatively about what more we can do to help move the needle on obesity and diabetes.”