WHAT IS ZÙSTO ?
Zùsto is a new and unique high-quality sugar substitute, which can replace sugar on a 1/1 basis. Food products that are prepared with Zùsto produce the same sensation in the mouth, the same aromas and the same crunch. Not only that, but the taste experience is comparable to that of sugar.
WHERE DOES THE NAME ZÙSTO COME FROM ?
We work with taste, the taste experience. With “gustus” (Latin) or “gusto” (Esperanto). Also with the English “gusto”, which means something like “individual, refined taste”. We have also been working on the “sweet” taste for many years.
HOW IS IT DIFFERENT FROM OTHER SUGAR SUBSTITUTES ?
The main difference is that Zùsto keeps the taste and the structure of the prepared product the same as if you had used sugar. It’s much lower in calories as well.
WHY NOT USE STEVIA
For the simple reason that the use of steviol glycosides (stevia is the name of the plant) in sugar substitutes has not been approved for all applications in Europe.
A Zùsto variant with steviol glycosides is available for certain industrial applications, however.
WHAT IS THE COMPOSITION OF ZÙSTO ?
Zùsto is a new, unique combination of various ingredients that are made from natural raw materials, including polydextrose, plant-based fiber from corn and soluble fiber from chicory, supplemented with sweeteners such as isomalt, erythritol, sucralose or steviol glycosides.
What are some of the things I can do with Zùsto?
Zùsto can be used in almost all cases where the recipe calls for sugar.
Can I still use my old recipes ?
Absolutely. Zùsto replaces sugar at a 1-to-1 ratio, so you don’t need to make any adjustments to your recipes. If your recipe says 100 grams of sugar, just substitute 100 grams of Zùsto. It’s as simple as that!
Can I use Zùsto to create a crispy layer on top of my crème brûlée ?
Yes, it is perfect for that, too. Prepare the crème brûlée according to the classic recipe, sprinkle each dish with a thin layer of Zùsto and caramelize it with a torch or briefly place the dishes under a hot grill.
Whipped cream and Zùsto, is that such a good idea ?
That is an excellent idea. Using Zùsto instead of sugar actually results in fuller, firmer, more stable whipped cream.
Won't Zùsto mask the taste of the fruit in homemade jam and jelly ?
On the contrary, Zùsto enhances both the taste and the smell of the fruit.
I wanted to bake a cake and I mixed the Zùsto with the butter, but the result was lumpy. How can I avoid this ?
You can avoid lumps by gradually stirring the Zùsto into the butter. If you’d rather not take any risks, a better way to do it is to first mix the right amount of Zùsto with another ingredient, such as flour. Then you can add the butter without any problems.
You can also mix the Zùsto with the eggs first. That way the Zùsto is dissolved right from the start.
ZÙSTO AND HEALTH.
How does Zùsto affect my health ?
Zùsto is a source of healthy fiber. It has a low glycemic index and is low in calories, and it is easy to incorporate into your diet if you want to avoid or reduce added sugars.
I have diabetes. Can I use Zùsto ?
Zùsto can be incorporated into the diet of people who want to avoid products with added sugars, either because they have diabetes or because they want to lose weight.
I am a bit overweight and I want to do something about it. Do I have to stay away from all sweets ?
No, you don’t have to, but eating less sugar is a good start. All scientists agree: we eat too much sugar, which has resulted in a dramatic increase in diseases of affluence such as obesity, diabetes and cardiovascular disease. Zùsto is ideal if you want to avoid products with added sugars.
Can my children use Zùsto as well ?
Zùsto can be used by anyone, including children. Do make sure that they are consuming enough calories and that their main diet consists of a healthy variety of foods.
Does Zùsto contain gluten ?
No, Zùsto is completely gluten-free and is therefore suitable for people who are on a gluten-free diet.
I read that Zùsto contains dietary fiber, but what type of fiber are we talking about ?
Fiber, including fiber from corn and chicory, are the main components of Zùsto. They provide the sweet taste and structure, and they are a source of food for good bacteria.
How did DelRey start using Zùsto ?
Bernard Proot from bakery DelRey in Antwerp was regularly asked by customers whether he had any products without added sugars. Since this was a niche market for which no satisfactory solution existed yet – existing products with sugar substitutes had too many drawbacks, especially with regard to taste and structure – Bernard Proot started looking for other options. Zùsto’s claims appealed to him, and he started experimenting extensively. He was completely persuaded by the results.
Why is a master pastry chef so enthusiastic about the product ?
Because there is no need to adjust existing recipes: Zùsto replaces sugar on a 1/1 basis. It also enables him to meet the needs of customers who want to reduce their sugar intake, by offering products that contain little to no added sugar without sacrificing taste and structure.
Can people who cook as a hobby use Zùsto as well ?
Yes, Zùsto is now available for consumers. Anyone can work with Zùsto, even people who cook as a hobby, provided they use and store the product correctly, just like any other product.