Blas invited me for a dinner with some runner bloggers and some people from other industry for press release of this sugar alternative- Suchero. It was held at Red Crab restaurant located at Plaza Venice. Meeting with some friends, they notice that I gained weight, plus having a longer hair this time, I look like Niño Muhlach na daw (I swear I look like Aga Muhlach now!Pwde nba?).

Blas organized this press and I’m really surprise my friend was able to pull this off. Well the foods were great, there were fun games where you’re entitled to win something (the luckiest one was Jazz for winning another runner shoes and Rico for some hotel accommodation somewhere in Bohol. There was also this speech of Joey Villa (Churner Group big boss) about the benefits of Suchero, the sugar alternative. Well, I was really keen on listening to him, as diabetes run in the family, I’m pretty sure its just a matter of time before I myself suffer from some type of diabetes if I don’t check my health and control my sugar intake. Anyway, see the official info below for Suchero which is already available in the market:

The Search for the Best Sugar Alternative
An organic certification provides assurance that no chemical food additives or processes that may prove harmful over the long run were used to produce a sweetener Unwanted pounds, obesity, and diabetes are some good reasons to avoid sugar and to find an alternative sweetener. But not all alternative sweeteners are the same.

A number of artificial sweeteners that have recently appeared in the market, for example, claim zero calories. The nutritional information to any product with zero calories, nevertheless, will reveal that these products likewise have zero or close to zero carbohydrates, vitamins and minerals– in short, no nutrients. As such, how can you consider these sweeteners to be healthy when in many cases you can’t even consider them to have any nutritional value, a number of health experts are now asking.

While other alternative sweeteners are plant- or fruit-based, they may cause side effects like bloating, nausea or dizziness. They are likewise highly processed and may have a bitter after taste, making them a poor alternative for the family. How can children appreciate, for example, a supposedly sweet-tasting dish with an unpleasant after taste?

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 Joey Villa, president of the Philippine-based Churner Group which produces Suchero. 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. After all, 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,”
according to 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. Explains Villa: “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.”

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.” After a GI spike, the body ironically feels lethargic and weak. Better yet, Suchero behaves like sugar. “Thus, 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 thus easy and hassle-free,” according to Villa.

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), “you could say 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,” says Villa. Suchero is now being 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.