ORIGINS BACK TO FINLAND
Natsuc is derived from a natural plant source. Birch, which used to be called the “tree of wisdom”, is a pioneer plant that is often the first to grow when a forest returns to an area, or begins to spread over moorland.
The tree grows widely throughout Europe, only in strong sunlight, and its characteristic white bark is reminiscent of paper. Birch trees prevent soil erosion and provide shade for the plants that need it.
Birch has many known benefits, and has been used by humans for thousands of years. Its bark, leaves, buds and sap all have specific purposes.
of birch sugar
In 1890 the German chemist Hermann Emil Fischer from the University of Berlin discovered xyloses or “wood sugars”. This discovery earned him the Nobel Prize in Chemistry in 1902.
Fischer discovered and synthesized xylitol using a chemical method. Scientists later discovered that this product occurs naturally when human beings metabolize glucose.
In the 1960s, xylitol was used in Germany, Switzerland, the USSR and Japan as a sweetener in sugar-controlled diets.
In 1963, the FDA (United States Food and Drug Administration) authorized xylitol for the first time.
In the early 1970s, advances in the use of xylitol were made by Finnish dentistry professors K. Makinen and A. Scheinin. They discovered that xylitol has other beneficial properties, and published their findings in 1975. From that point on the international community became curious about the new product and the professors showed that natural birch sugar can be of great benefit to the teeth.
In France, Dr. David Servan-Schreiber recommended replacing sugar with xylitol in his book Anti-Cancer: A New Way of Life.
Xylitol has now become a common ingredient in chewing gum, candy, foods for people with diabetes, and oral hygiene products.
and production of Natsuc
Natsuc is an ecological product produced in Finland according to very strict forest protection regulations. Polyol, a natural sugar, is extracted from birch bark.
It is the only source in Europe of guaranteed 100% xylitol extracted from birch bark, and is considered to be a high-performance substitute for regular sugar because it brings the same taste enjoyment and has none of its disadvantages. And that’s important, because xylitol can be either synthetic (E967) or made from other plants.
The birch bark is harvested and cut into thin strips. The xylitol or “wood sugar” contained in the bark is extracted using hydrolysis, once the waste products have been removed. It is then hydrogenated in order to crystallize it.