Xylose – A Sweet Solution to Achieve Sugar Reduction
Xylose is one of the most versatile sugars with a wide range of applications as an ingredient in diverse food products to enhance their palatability and organoleptic properties. A paradigm shift in the consumer preference for healthier and natural products has significantly fueled the traction for xylose, particularly in the thriving food and beverage industry, over the recent years. The surging food and beverage industry, coupled with increasing consumer health consciousness, has been pacing up the sales of natural food ingredients, such as plant-derived xylose. This is further indicating a subtle boom in the growth of the xylose market, wherein, companies are exploring product applications in broader industries to gain a stronger hold in the industry.
Xylose Market - The Evolution Map
Xylose was first isolated from woods such as birch in 1881, and has been among the rarer sugars due to its difficult and high-cost preparation. However, in 1930, the United States Bureau of Standards, in a cooperative investigation, found a simple xylose preparation method from cottonseed hull bran, which is a very cheap raw material. This made xylose a sugar obtainable at a price comparable to that of sucrose.
Xylose is now widely found in a large span of woody materials, including straw, corncobs, and pecan shells, and is also known to be found in berries, broccoli, and spinach. Over the years, the use of xylose has grown significantly in food beverages and pharmaceuticals, to name a few. As per TMR’s analysis, the traction for xylose has grown at a steady pace, with its market anticipated to be valued at ~ US$ 1.5 Bn in 2018. The TMR study indicates a ~ 6% Y-o-Y growth of the xylose market in 2019 over 2018.
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Impact of Undercurrents on the Xylose Market
Quest for Sugar Alternatives to Help Fight Diabetes, Uplifting Sales
Growing incidences of type-2 diabetes have led to a notable shift in consumer preference for diabetic sweeteners over conventional sugar, which, in turn, has opened a window of opportunities for market players. Diabetic sweeteners such as xylose aid in maintaining low glycemic index and cholesterol levels, and prevent heart diseases. While white sugar can increase insulin levels in the body, xylitol, a derivative of xylose, has garnered traction as a crystalline aldose sugar that doesn’t impact the same way, and is witnessing wide adoption as a sweetener for tea and coffee.