why freesweet is a healthy choice

*Approved by Diabetes South Africa™

Less calories than sugar
Carbs per teaspoon

The Benefits

  • No artificial ingredients
  • Delicious sweetness with no bitter aftertaste
  • Bakes and caramelises beautifully
  • Replaces sugar in a 1:1 ratio in any recipe
  • Diabetic friendly (endorsed by Diabetes South Africa)
  • Low glycaemic response – GI of 3 (sugar: 65)
  • May assist with weight loss
  • GMO free


Freesweet has been endorsed by Diabetes South Africa – non-profit organisation that supports and acts as an advocate for all people with diabetes in South Africa.

With a glycaemic index (GI) value of 3, Freesweet has hardly any effect on blood sugar levels. In turn, sugar has a GI of 65. Carb free, low calorie, low GI.

Freesweet offers all the sweetness without the guilt – no spikes, no slumps, no weight gain.

Freesweet addresses weight loss as follows:*

Freesweet contains 0 carbs per serving, and provides far fewer kilojoules than sugar.

It's made up of ingredients that contribute to increased satiety, improved mouthfeel and delicious, satisfying flavour.

It's satisfying formulation can convert people, longterm, to a reduced sugar diet, thus preventing rebound weight gain.

Note that Freesweet should form part of a lifestyle that includes an energy-controlled, mindful diet and an increase in physical activity to assist with weight loss.


Does Freesweet have an aftertaste?
No. Freesweet tastes delicious and leaves no bitter aftertaste.
What is the best way of storing Freesweet?
It’s best to store Freesweet in a cool, dry place and to seal it tightly, as clumping may occur.
Is Freesweet addictive?
No. While cravings for sugar have been likened to cocaine addiction, Freesweet doesn’t have the same effect. The sugar replacement is made up of ingredients that contribute to increased satiety as well as improved mouthfeel and flavour. In this way, it can effectively convert people long term to an alternative to sugar.
Can you bake with Freesweet?
Absolutely. Freesweet is a delicious alternative to sugar that can be used in a 1:1 ratio to replace sugar in recipes. That means you can make cakes, biscuits, puddings and other sweet treats without the extra kilojoules.
Does Freesweet have any side effects?
As with most things, Freesweet is best used in moderation. Excessive consumption can have a laxative effect. Note that Freesweet should NOT be given to animals.
Is Freesweet healthy?
Freesweet offers a range of health benefits, the most important being that it contains 67% fewer kilojoules than sugar. It has a low glycaemic index (GI 3), which means that it doesn’t cause large spikes in blood-sugar and insulin levels. In this way, Freesweet is beneficial to people living with insulin resistance, pre-diabetes or diabetes. Because of its low-kilojoule contribution, Freesweet may also assist with weight loss if it forms part of an energy-controlled diet and active lifestyle. The inulin in Freesweet is also a well-recognised prebiotic – a plant-based, soluble fibre that supports the growth of healthy bacteria (probiotics) in the digestive system. Probiotics, in turn, help stimulate the immune system, and may boost mood and cognitive function. Instead of causing cavities (as is the case with sugar), Freesweet can help to improve oral health. The two natural sweeteners in Freesweet (xylitol and erythritol) help thwart the growth of the bacteria that cause cavities.
What are the kilojoules per serving of Freesweet?
There are 28kJ in a 5g serving of Freesweet. Sugar, in turn, contains 80kJ per 5g serving.
What is the shelf life of Freesweet?
Freesweet has a shelf life of 12 months.
Is stevia better than Freesweet?
We certainly don’t think so. While stevia is also classified as a kilojoule-free alternative to sugar (as is Freesweet), it leaves a bitter aftertaste and doesn’t bake well. Freesweet, in turn, tastes absolutely delicious and bakes beautifully.
Is Freesweet an organic product?
No. Freesweet does contain ingredients that haven’t been organically produced.
Is Freesweet suitable for people who follow a keto, banting or other type of low-carbohydrate diet?
Yes. A teaspoon (5g) of Freesweet contains 0g carbohydrates, making the sugar replacement ideal for people who prefer to keep their carbohydrate intake as low as possible.
Why is Freesweet different to sugar?
Freesweet surpasses sugar in every way. The sugar replacement is carb-free, low in kilojoules, and has very little effect on blood-sugar and insulin levels. Sugar, in turn, is broken down into fructose and glucose in the body, which enters the liver and blood stream and which triggers an insulin response. Over time, high blood-sugar levels can lead to health problems such as type 2 diabetes and heart disease. Each carefully chosen ingredient in Freesweet also offers its own unique health benefits. For example, the inulin in Freesweet is a type of fibre and a prebiotic that helps the healthy bacteria in your digestive system to flourish.
Is sugar really that bad for you?
Unfortunately, yes. Scientists know for a fact that a high-sugar diet is unhealthy. “There’s no doubt that sugar is today's number-one dietary demon,” says Associate Professor Tim Crowe from Deakin University in Australia. “While nutrition scientists debate the harms or otherwise of saturated fat, sugar is the one food we unite over – we all agree we eat too much of it and that it’s not good for us.” One example of how sugar harms the body comes from a 15-year study published in the medical journal JAMA Internal Medicine. Participants whose daily kilojoule intake was 25% or more sugar were more than twice as likely to die from heart disease as those whose diets included less than 10% added sugar. There are two other reasons why nutritionists frown upon sugar: one is its well-known links to weight gain and cavities, an article published by Harvard Health Publishing notes. The other is that sugar delivers “empty kilojoules” – kilojoules that aren’t accompanied by fibre, vitamins, minerals and other health-boosting nutrients. Too much added sugar in your diet could mean that you’re eating fewer healthy foods.
Is Freesweet an artificial sweetener?
No. Freesweet does NOT contain aspartame, saccharine, sucralose, neotame, acesulfame-K or any other artificial, man-made, non-nutritive sweetener. Instead, Freesweet contains erythritol and xylitol – sugar alcohols (polyols) that occur naturally in plant-based foods such as fruit and vegetables. These are absorbed slowly and incompletely in the body, which means that they have little effect on blood-sugar and insulin levels. Note that sugar alcohols don’t contain sugar, nor the same type of alcohol as you’d find in wine, beer or spirits. While they partially resemble sugar and alcohol on a chemical level, the sugar alcohols don't contain ethanol, the alcohol found in alcoholic beverages.
Is Freesweet suitable for vegans?
Yes, absolutely. Freesweet contains NO animal products.
Freesweet contains inulin. What is this?
Inulin is a naturally occurring, indigestible fibre that is found in vegetables such as chicory. It’s a known prebiotic that helps the beneficial bacteria in the gut, the probiotics, to grow and flourish.