The numbers have now reached 422 million. That's 422 million adults who suffer from the chronic illness diabetes. Four times more than the 108 million in 1980. Without active measures, diabetes will lead to more and more deaths in the coming years and, by 2030, will be one of the world's seven biggest killers. According to the World Health Organisation (WHO), unhealthy diets, obesity and a lack of exercise play a huge role in this.
In 2016, there were more overweight than underweight people in the world. Among men, obesity has tripled since 1975; among women it has doubled. This is not because there is less hunger. But because those who have enough food are simply eating more. To help the world tackle this issue, global initiatives such as sugar and fat taxes must be implemented.
At Damhert, we want to make the world fitter and healthier. In 2008, we therefore developed a technology to produce a natural sugar substitute. Tagatose was successfully launched. A basic raw material that is now used to sweeten a range of products (see the blue stamp on the packaging). Consumers encountered Tagatesse on the supermarket shelves in Belgium and the Netherlands, a table sugar made of Tagatose. A healthy sugar substitute that is not only suitable for diabetics and obesity patients, but also for people who are trying to lose weight or just find a good alternative to sugar. Today, people across the world cook and bake with Tagatesse!