Rare, healthy sugars as a full or partial replacement for unhealthy sweeteners

Rare sugars are delicious and nutritious, with POSITIVE health benefits. Our novel enzymatic technology makes them AFFORDABLE.

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Organization name

Bonumose Biochem LLC

Year founded


Initiative stage

  • Start-Up (a pilot that has just started operating)

Annual budget in 2017 (USD)

  • $250k - $500k

Number of beneficiaries impacted so far

  • 1 - 10

Organization type

  • Social enterprise

Secondary Focus Area

  • Rural development

Headquarters location: Country

  • United States of America

Headquarters location: City

Charlottesville, Virginia

Location(s) of impact

Globally, when we are in production



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Problem: What problem is this initiative trying to address?

Diabetes and obesity are epidemics of global scope. Poor dental health and poor gut health are global problems, too. Much of the blame rests with excess consumption of traditional sugars, such as sucrose and HFCS. People's desire for sweet things is universal, and is not going away despite what doctors advise. Hence, we propose to satisfy the desire with RARE SUGARS that are delicious, nutritious, fully functional in foods, and - because of novel technology - AFFORDABLE. Examples includes tagatose, allulose and allose.

Solution Summary: What is the proposed solution? What do you see as its most promising aspects for creating shared value?

As detailed in our attached deck, our technology permits the production of healthy sugars at low-cost due to (a) lower cost raw material, (b) efficient processes, and (c) extremely high yields. With strategic collaborators, we will have our ingredient production plants in countries throughout the world, and will rely on locally-sourced, starch-containing plants. For example, in SE Asia, our plant of choice will be cassava or rice.

Impact: What is the impact of the work to date? Specify both the social and the environmental impact of your work

We are too early stage to have had much of an impact. We are actively engaged in strategic collaboration discussions with companies on four continents.

Financial sustainability plan: How is this initiative financially supported? How will you ensure its financial sustainability long-term?

We raised investment capital from financial and strategic investors. Going forward, we will be supported by positive cash flow. We believe the best sustainability plan is one that is financially sustainable.

Unique value proposition: What makes your initiative innovative? How does your project differ from other organizations working in the same field?

See below.

Founding story: Share a story about the "Aha!" moment that sparked the beginning of this initiative.

Our Founding Vision: 1. We will earn a position among the world’s most trusted producers of healthy food ingredients and related products. 2. We will: (a) satisfy consumers’ desires for nutritious and delicious foods; (b) help alleviate pervasive human suffering from diabetes, obesity, poor dental health, and poor gut health; and (c) do so at prices that are affordable for the mass market. 3. We will (a) provide meaningful, productive, and rewarding work opportunities for individuals who want them; (b) will create well-deserved wealth for its owners, customers and suppliers. 4. We will strive to have a positive impact on the lives and livelihoods of (a) our employees; (b) the communities where our factories are located; (c) our suppliers; (d) our customers; and (e) the consumers of our products. 5. We will conduct business a moral imperative. 6. We will think long-term.

Where did you hear about the Nestlé Creating Shared Value Prize?

  • Henri@Nestlé


Join the conversation:

Photo of Gerry Morrison

Hi Ed,

Give me a call sometime to discuss...also review my company www.allulite.com We are all in with Alluose...not so much with Tagatose...as Allulose is the sugar for the 21st Century...Gerry 435-890-9492 Call anytime...

Photo of Sharla Halvorson

Ed - this is an interesting innovation in the processing methodolgy for extracting tagatose and alusose.  It shows some interesting potential as a solution by bringing down the costs, but as with any sugar replacer it raises even more questions about the long term impacts if there was widespread adoption.  Would consumers eat more because they think its 'healthier'? What impacts could overconsumption of these sugars have? 

Photo of Ed Rogers

Sharla: Thank you for your comment. Good points, but consider this: Rare sugars (e.g., tagatose and allulose) are not merely "less bad" that typical sugar. And they are not merely benign. They are BENEFICIAL for humans; rare sugars are GOOD for health. No-one is concerned about people eating too much spinach, or drinking too much water. Similarly, generally speaking, consuming a lot of rare sugars would be a good thing, not bad.

To be more specific, tagatose and allulose lower blood glucose levels rather than merely not increasing those levels. They help block the absorption of sucrose and starch into the blood stream. They also are good for teeth; specifically, tagatose helps break up dental bio-film and would be a positive constituent of toothpaste and mouthwash ... perhaps even of bottled water. Tagatose is a prebiotic; the body treats it as fiber, and it goes into the large intestine where it feeds the good gut microbiota, leading to the production of beneficial short chain fatty acids.

Tagatose and allulose are the subject of multiple research projects and academic publications verifying the health benefits.

That said, because tagatose is like fiber, eating more than 30 grams at a time, or 60-75 grams per day, could lead to bloating or excess gas. For that reason, in highly-sweetened foods and beverages, we intend to encourage the blending of tagatose with other sweeteners, such as allulose, stevia or perhaps even sucrose.

Our unique process will enable the widespread use of rare sugars in affordable food/beverage/supplement products. Good, healthy food should be available not only to those with good, healthy incomes.