Products Overview

Equal® Classic Zero Calorie Sweetenerfaq-classic

Equal® Classic is a long-time favourite for those who want to cut back on sugar and calories but still enjoy the sweet taste sugar. It adds zero calorie sweetness to your hot beverages, cold drinks or food. Equal Classic tastes great and dissolve quickly making it the perfect choice if you are health-conscious, weight conscious or have diabetes.

Equal® Gold Zero Calorie Sweetenerfaq-gold

Equal® Gold is the perfect sweetener for those who are weight conscious and are following either a low-carb or keto diet. It has a delicious, sugar like sweetness but contains 0 calories and 0 net carbs! Equal Gold® Sticks is a perfect sugar replacement for your coffee, tea or sprinkled over cereal and fruit. Equal® Gold in granular (pouch) format has a crunchy, granular sweet texture so you can bake your favourite desserts or make low-carb snacks with much less calories. It also rounds up the flavour of your home cooked chicken and pork dishes.

Naturals® Stevia Zero Calorie Sweetenerfaq-stevia

Naturals® Stevia is made with the best tasting extracts of the stevia leaves then blended with other natural ingredients to give you a delicious sugar-like sweetness with zero calories. Naturals® Stevia in sticks is 100% natural and is a delicious and guilt-free way to sweeten your drinks and sprinkle on fruit and other foods. It’s also perfect if you are on a keto, plant-based, vegan gluten-free, or low carb diet. Naturals® Stevia in tablet format makes it easy for you to sweeten your hot beverages while on the go, with its handy and convenient dispenser pack.

Naturals® Monk Fruit Natural Sugar Replacement

Naturals® Monk Fruit is the ideal natural sugar replacement and plant-based sweetener for you! It is made with monk fruit extract, an incredibly sweet, small and round sub-tropical melon grown in Southeast Asia. According to popular legend, it is named after Buddhist monks who used to cultivate this fruit nearly 800 years ago! Naturals® Monk Fruit is 100% natural and is a delightful zero-calorie sugar replacement and measures 1-to-1 just like sugar, so it is an easy substitute to use in place of sugar. It’s also great for baking, cooking and to sprinkle on your foods and beverages.

Frequently Asked Questions

We’ve got answers to all your questions about our products, ingredients and more.

What is Equal®?

  • Equal® is a 0 calorie sugar replacement that has been in the market around the world for nearly 40 years.

  • Equal® uses a unique combination of ingredients to ensure it has a great sugar-like taste and does not leave any bitter aftertaste.

What formats does Equal® Zero Calorie Sweeteners have?

  • Sticks

  • Tablets

  • Granular

What is the sweetness equivalence of Equal® Zero Calorie Sweeteners vs. Sugar?


Product Serving Size Serving Amount Calorie Content Sweetness Equivalent vs. Sugar
Equal® Classic Zero Calorie Sweetener Sticks 1 Stick 1 gram 0 Kcal 2 teaspoons
Equal® Gold Zero Calorie Sweetener Sticks 1 Stick 0.8 gram 0 Kcal 2 teaspoons
Equal® Gold Zero Calorie Sweetener Pouch 1 Teaspoon 4 gram 0 Kcal 2 teaspoons
Naturals® Stevia Zero Calorie Sweetener Sticks 1 Stick 2 gram 0 Kcal 1 teaspoons
Naturals® Stevia Zero Calorie Sweetener Tablets 1 Tablet 0.085 gram 0 Kcal 1 teaspoons
Equal® Classic Zero Calorie Sweetener Tablets 1 Tablet 0.085 gram 0 Kcal 1 teaspoons
Naturals® Monk Fruit Natural Sugar Replacement Sticks 1 Stick 4 gram 0 Kcal 1 teaspoons
Naturals® Monk Fruit Natural Sugar Replacement Pouch 1 Stick 4 gram 0 Kcal 1 teaspoons

Can I replace sugar with Equal® Zero Calorie Sweetener products in my recipes?

  • Yes, Equal® Zero Calorie Sweeteners can be used in a variety of recipes. While sugar substitutes – like Equal® – provide sweetness, they do not provide the bulk, tenderness and browning properties of sugar. Equal® Zero Calorie Sweeteners work best in recipes where the primary role of sugar is for flavoring and sweetening (e.g, fruit pie fillings, cheesecakes and beverages).

  • For cooking and baking, Equal® Gold Zero Calorie Sweetener Pouch packs is most suitable. Please refer to the sweetness conversion below when using Equal® Gold Zero Calorie Sweetener in place of Sugar.

  • Sweetness Conversion Chart

Sweetness Equivalence Guide
Equal® Gold Zero Calorie Sweetener Pouch (in teaspoons) Equal® Gold Zero Calorie Sweetener Pouch (in grams) Sugar
½ teaspoon 2 grams 1 teaspoon
1 teaspoon 4 grams 2 teaspoon
1 ½ teaspoon 6 grams 1 teaspoon
6 teaspoons 24 grams ¼ cup
8 teaspoon 32 grams ⅓ cup
24 teaspoon 48 grams 1 cup

 

Filipinos love their snacks and desserts, and are known to have a sweet tooth. But this affinity towards sugar has led to a steady rise in the consumption of calories. Today’s common sedentary lifestyle paired with easily available unhealthy diets has led to the increase in the number of diabetes cases in the country. Refined sugar, frequently added to processed food and beverages, is often linked to the development of major health problems. Some of the short and long-term issues include weight gain, lethargy, diabetes, obesity, tooth decay and more. That is why it’s important for health conscious people to switch to trusted zero-calorie sweetener alternatives for a healthier lifestyle.

Equal® Sweeteners are globally accepted as a zero-calorie alternatives to sugar. Add sweetness to your beverage, cereal or fruits with Equal® Classic, Equal® Gold or Naturals®.

(source: https://www.philstar.com/lifestyle/health-and-family/2019/09/14/1950940/1-5-filipinos-are-diabetic-or-pre-diabeticyou-might-be-too

https://gethealthaccess.com/top-5-best-Sugar-alternative-products-in-the-philippines/

What are the alternatives to sugar?

While white/brown sugar, muscovado sugar, coconut sugar or even honey are considered by some as natural/healthier alternatives to refined Sugar, they only contain a different form of sugar, and therefore still add a lot of calories to your daily intake.

Calorie comparison

Instead, you can try Equal® zero-calorie sweeteners, which have been around for decades and is a trusted brand by many Filipinos. Equal® is made with the highest quality sweetening ingredients that are approved by the FDA, EFSA and other global regulatory bodies, and also found in lower calorie alternatives of popular beverage brands.

Equal® zero calorie sweetener is available in sticks, tablets, and pouches and is sold in most supermarkets and drugstores as well as online on our official stores in Shopee and Lazada.

If you want a 100% natural zero-calorie alternative to sugar, you can also try Naturals® Stevia, made with best-tasting extracts from the stevia plant. These carefully chosen extracts ensure that you experience a delicious, sweet taste, without any bitterness.

Another 100% natural sugar alternative is Naturals® Monk Fruit Natural Sugar Replacement. Made from the natural extracts of monk fruit and blended with erythritol, it is a delightful zero-calorie sugar replacement that’s great for baking, cooking, and for sprinkling on your food and beverages.

Naturals® Stevia and Naturals® Monk Fruit are available in most supermarkets and online retailers, in the form of sticks, tablets and granular (pouch).

Here’s an easy reference on which product to use depending on your need, and where to shop for it:

Recommended Product Where Available? Beverage Sprinkle Cooking Baking
Equal® Classic All Major Supermarkets & online    
Equal® Gold All Major Supermarkets & online
Naturals® Stevia All Major Supermarkets & online
Naturals® Monk Fruit All Major Supermarkets & online
Pure Via All Major Supermarkets & online      

What are the ingredients of Equal® Classic/ Equal® Gold / Naturals® Stevia / Naturals® Monk Fruit Zero Calorie Sweeteners?

  • “Equal® Classic Zero Calorie Sweetener” (sticks and tablets) is made with Aspartame, which contains two amino acids — aspartic acid and phenylalanine that are building blocks of proteins. These are also found naturally in most protein-containing foods, including meats, dairy products, vegetables, soy-based alternatives, nuts and seeds. When we consume aspartame, it is broken down and moves through our body in the exact same way as those amino acids that are found in these foods.

  • “Equal® Gold Zero Calorie Sweetener” (stick and granular) is made with a sweetening ingredient called sucralose. Sucralose is made from sugar but unlike sugar it is not metabolized for energy and therefore contains no calories! It is also heat stable so it can be used for baking your favorite desserts, pastries and as well as cooking pork and chicken dishes.

  • “Naturals® Stevia Zero Calorie Sweetener” is made from the natural extracts of the stevia leaf which is a member of the Chrysanthemum family and has been used as a natural sweetener in South America for over 1500 years. It is obtained by steeping stevia leaves in hot water to extract the sweet parts of the leaf and then processed to separate, purify and filter the extract.

  • “Naturals® Monk Fruit Natural Sugar Replacement” is made from the natural extracts of monk fruit Mogroside V that is dried into a powder form. The final extract is about 150–200 times sweeter than sugar and has virtually zero calories.

What are the other ingredients found in Equal® Classic/ Equal® Gold / Naturals® Stevia / Naturals® Monk Fruit Zero Calorie Sweetener products?

  • Equal® Classic Zero Calorie Sweetener’s main sweetening ingredient aspartame is about 200 times sweeter than sugar. The sticks and tablets formats contain small amounts of carbohydrate (less than 1 gram per serving) from lactose – a common food ingredient which is added for consistent sweetening and to provide volume and texture.

  • Equal® Gold Zero Calorie Sweetener’s (sticks and granular) main sweetening ingredient sucralose is about 600 times sweeter than sugar. It also contains erythritol for consistent sweetening and to provide volume and texture. Erythritol is naturally occurring in common food such as some fruits and other fermented products. It is an approved and established food additive used mainly as a bulking agent.

  • Naturals® Stevia Zero Calorie Sweetener’s main sweetening ingredient steviol glycosides is about 300 times sweeter than sugar. The stick formats also contain erythritol for consistent sweetening and to provide volume and texture. Erythritol is naturally occurring in common food such as some fruits and other fermented products. It is an approved and established food additive used mainly as a bulking agent. Naturals® Stevia Zero Calorie Sweetener Tablets contain small amounts of carbohydrate (less than 1 gram per serving) from lactose– a common food ingredient which is added for consistent sweetening and to provide volume and texture.

  • Naturals® Monk Fruit Natural Sugar Replacement’s main sweetening ingredient monk fruit extract is about 200 times sweeter than sugar. To add volume and texture, and provide consistent sweetening, erythritol is also included in this product. Erythritol is naturally occurring in common food such as some fruits and other fermented products. It is an approved and established food additive used mainly as a bulking agent.

Is aspartame safe?

  • Yes. Aspartame is made from two amino acids, which are the building blocks of proteins. When we consume foods or drinks containing aspartame, it is broken down to its component parts, which are treated in exactly the same way as if they had come from the proteins in meat, fish, eggs, milk and other dairy products, soy-based alternatives, nuts or seeds. Aspartame brings nothing new to the diet. Its safety is supported by more than 500 studies conducted over four decades including the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in the USA, the Scientific Committee for Food (SCF) – now the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) – in Europe, and the Food and Agriculture Organisation/ World Health Organisation Joint Expert Committee on Food Additives (JECFA). It has been on the market for more than 30 years.

Is there any truth to the negative information about aspartame I see on the Internet or in the media?

  • No. Unfortunately, urban myths about aspartame continue to be circulated over the Internet. Negative allegations that aspartame may be associated with numerous ailments are based on poor quality science. A large number of high-quality studies have shown that there is no link between aspartame and the reports of adverse health effects.

What products use aspartame?

  • Aspartame is widely used as a sweetening ingredient in many food products including carbonated soft drinks, powdered soft drinks, puddings, gelatin (e.g., jelly), frozen desserts, yogurt, hot cocoa mixes, teas, breath mints, chewing gum and other foods, as well as some vitamin and cold preparations.

Who can use aspartame?

  • Most people can enjoy products sweetened with aspartame as part of a healthy balanced diet. For children and lactating /breastfeeding mothers who need to consume adequate amounts of energy and other nutrients for growth and/or development, it is recommended that they consult with family physician and/or accredited practicing and registered dietician about their nutritional needs and follow the recommendations for their meal plan.

But what about aspartame’s components? Why do I see “contains phenylalanine” on labels of products containing aspartame?

  • Phenylalanine is one of the components of aspartame, and is released when aspartame is digested. It is an essential amino acid necessary for growth and development and is obtained from protein containing foods and drinks. Some people suffer a rare inherited disorder, phenylketonuria (PKU), which means their ability to metabolize phenylalanine is seriously impaired. It is a legal requirement to state “contains phenylalanine” on aspartame containing product labels for the information of people with PKU.

How is aspartame handled by the body?

  • Aspartame is composed of two amino acids, aspartic acid and phenylalanine, which are found naturally in protein containing foods and drinks, including meats, fish, eggs and dairy products. Your body handles the amino acids from aspartame in exactly the same way as it does when they come from these other sources.

How is sucralose handled by the body?

  • When consumed, most of the sucralose is not absorbed by the body and is eliminated through excretion. Between 8% and 20% enters the blood and is removed through urine.

How is stevia handled by the body?

  • Stevia is absorbed into the body, quickly modified in the liver, and expelled in the urine.

What is monk fruit?

Monk Fruit, or Luo Han Guo, was named after Buddhist monks who discovered and cultivated the fruit, in the highlands of China, nearly 800 years ago. It is a sweet, small, sub-tropical melon, grown in Southeast Asia and was used along with other ingredients in traditional Chinese medicine to make sweet, cooling drinks and home remedies. It is about 200 times sweeter than sugar. Risk assessments found that there were no public health and safety issues associated with monk fruit extract.

What is Erythritol?

Erythritol is a sugar alcohol (polyol) used as a sweetener in many low calorie foods. Erythritol naturally occurs in fruits like pears, melons and grapes. What makes Erythritol different from other sugar alcohols is its zero calorie value, and high digestive tolerance.

Is Erythritol safe for consumption?

Yes. The FDA has given Erythritol GRAS (Generally Recognized as Safe) status.

Where do Equal Zero Calorie sweetener products came from?
In Asia / Southeast Asia region:

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Equal® Classic Zero Calorie Sweetener Sticks
Equal® Gold Zero Calorie Sweetener Sticks
Equal® Gold Sugarly Zero Calorie Sweetener Pouches
Naturals® Stevia Zero Calorie Sweetener Sticks
Naturals® Stevia Zero Calorie Sweetener Tablets
Equal® Classic Zero Calorie Sweetener Tablets
Naturals® Monk Fruit Natural Sugar Replacements

Are Equal® Zero Calorie Sweeteners, Naturals® Stevia Zero Calorie Sweeteners, and Naturals® Monk Fruit Natural Sugar Replacement safe?

  • Yes, all our sweetener products are safe for consumption. The safety of the sweetening ingredients in all of our products have been confirmed and approved by the World Health Organization, US FDA, and more than 200 studies conducted over three decades.

Are Equal® Zero Calorie Sweeteners, Naturals® Stevia Zero Calorie Sweeteners, and Naturals® Monk Fruit Natural Sugar Replacement products non-GMO (genetically modified organism)?

  • All Equal® Zero Calorie Sweeteners, Naturals® Stevia Zero Calorie Sweeteners, and Naturals® Monk Fruit Natural Sugar Replacement products are GMO free / do not contain GMO ingredients.

Are Equal® Zero Calorie Sweeteners, Naturals® Stevia Zero Calorie Sweeteners, and Naturals® Monk Fruit Natural Sugar Replacement products safe to be consumed by individuals with diabetes?

  • Yes, Equal® Zero Calorie Sweeteners, Naturals® Stevia Zero Calorie Sweeteners, and Naturals® Monk Fruit Natural Sugar Replacement products can be consumed by individuals with diabetes. Diabetes associations around the world consider the sweeteners in Equal®, Naturals® Stevia and Naturals® Monk Fruit products are acceptable alternatives to sugar and could be part of a meal plan for a person with diabetes since they contain zero calories.

Does Aspartame cause allergies or food intolerance?

  • Studies investigating aspartame as a potential cause of food allergies or intolerance have failed to detect any reproducible adverse effects of aspartame ingestion.

Are Equal® Zero Calorie Sweeteners, Naturals® Stevia Zero Calorie Sweeteners, and Monk Fruit Natural Sugar Replacements good for weight conscious individuals?

  • Numerous studies and reviews have shown that zero calorie sweeteners do help in calorie reduction and in weight loss as well as in long-term weight maintenance. So, if you are a weight conscious individual, ditch sugar and switch to zero calorie sweeteners such as Equal®, Naturals® Stevia and Naturals® Monk Fruit.

Are Equal® Zero Calorie Sweeteners, Naturals® Stevia Zero Calorie Sweeteners, and Naturals® Monk Fruit gluten-free?

  • All Equal® Zero Calorie Sweeteners, Naturals® Stevia Zero Calorie Sweeteners, and Naturals® Monk Fruit Natural Sugar Replacement are gluten-free and appropriate for use by individuals following a gluten-free lifestyle.

Are Naturals® Stevia and Monk Fruit products are suitable for vegans?

  • Yes these products are suitable for those who follow a vegan lifestyle.

Can Equal® Zero Calorie Sweeteners, Naturals® Stevia Zero Calorie Sweeteners, and Naturals® Monk Fruit Natural Sugar Replacement products be used by individuals following low carb and keto lifestyles?

Yes. Regardless of whether you follow a keto diet, or a low carb diet, you can use Equal® Zero Calorie Sweeteners, Naturals® Stevia Zero Calorie Sweeteners, or Naturals® Monk Fruit Naturals®Sugar Replacement products without worries.

Are Naturals® Stevia and Naturals® Monk Fruit sweeteners made with plant-based ingredients?

Yes. Naturals® Stevia Sticks is made with the best tasting extracts of the Stevia leaf. The leaves are first steeped in hot water to extract the sweet parts, then separated, purified, and filtered, and added to the product.

Similarly, Naturals® Monk Fruit Sugar Replacement is made from the natural extracts of Monk Fruit, by extracting a high concentration of Mogroside V (the main sweetening component), and drying it into powder form. The final extract is about 200 times sweeter than sugar and has virtually zero calories.

Erythritol, which is also used in Naturals® Stevia sticks and Naturals® Monk Fruit, is a sugar alcohol (polyol) used as a sweetener and/or as a bulking agent. It naturally occurs in fruits like pears, melons and grapes.

Are Equal® Zero Calorie Sweeteners, Naturals® Stevia Zero Calorie Sweeteners, and Naturals® Monk Fruit Sugar Replacement safe to be consumed by everyone?

  • Yes, all our products – Equal® Zero Calorie Sweeteners, Naturals® Stevia Zero Calorie Sweeteners, Naturals® Monk Fruit Sugar Replacement – can be safely consumed by most people.

  • If you, or someone in your family, has any special dietary needs, we recommend you to consult your doctor/dietician (mandatory) before switching over to sweeteners. For ex: pregnant and lactating mothers etc.

Are Equal® Zero Calorie Sweeteners and Naturals® Stevia Zero Calorie Sweeteners products halal certified?

  • Yes, all Equal® Zero Calorie Sweeteners, Naturals® Stevia Zero Calorie Sweeteners, and Naturals® Monk Fruit Natural Sugar Replacement products have Halal certification.

Do Equal® Zero Calorie Sweeteners, Naturals® Stevia Zero Calorie Sweeteners, and Naturals® Monk Fruit Natural Sugar Replacement have a low G.I. (glycemic index)?

  • The glycemic index (GI) is a ranking of carbohydrates in the foods, according to how they affect blood glucose levels. Equal® Zero Calorie Sweeteners, Naturals® Stevia Zero Calorie Sweetener and Naturals® Monk Fruit Natural Sugar Replacement products contain very small amount of carbohydrate per serving, therefore they do not fit into the GI testing requirements of 10g of carbohydrate per serve and they cannot be tested. By using Equal® Zero Calorie Sweeteners, Naturals® Stevia Zero Calorie Sweeteners, and Naturals® Monk Fruit Natural Sugar Replacement in place of Sugar, you may decrease the amount of carbohydrate intake and ultimately may lower the Glycemic Load.

What’s the shelf life for Equal® Zero Calorie Sweeteners, Naturals® Stevia Zero Calorie Sweeteners, and Naturals® Monk Fruit Sugar Replacement?

  • Equal® Zero Calorie Sweeteners and Naturals® Stevia Zero Calorie Sweeteners have 3 years of shelf life if stored away from heat and humidity.

  • Naturals® Monk Fruit Sugar Replacement has a shelf life of 2 years.

Should Equal® Zero Calorie Sweeteners, Naturals® Stevia Zero Calorie Sweeteners, and Naturals® Monk Fruit Natural Sugar Replacements be stored dry or refrigerated?

  • For Equal® Zero Calorie Sweeteners, Naturals® Stevia Zero Calorie Sweeteners, and Naturals® Monk Fruit Natural Sugar Replacement, it is best to store them in a cool dry, place with no refrigeration required.

Where can I find Equal® Zero Calorie Sweeteners, Naturals® Stevia Zero Calorie Sweeteners, and Naturals® Monk Fruit Natural Sugar Replacement?

  • You can find Equal® Zero Calorie Sweeteners, Naturals® Stevia Zero Calorie Sweeteners and Naturals® Monk Fruit Natural Sugar Replacement here.

Can I purchase Equal® Zero Calorie Sweeteners, Naturals® Stevia Zero Calorie Sweeteners, and Naturals® Monk Fruit Natural Sugar Replacement online?

  • Yes, Equal® Zero Calorie Sweeteners, Naturals® Stevia Zero Calorie Sweeteners, and Naturals® Monk Fruit Natural Sugar Replacement products can be purchased online on our official stores in Shopee and Lazada!