Suchero: Life Is Sweeter

After a long, hard run, nothing soothes me more than a hot cup of brewed coffee taken with brown sugar and my favorite sugar substitutes.

Move over, Slenda and Equal! Though these 2 brands (which i use) are the most common sugar alternatives you’ll encounter in coffee shops, restaurants and even at homes, there’s a healthier sugar sweetener made from the sap of coconut trees and it has been recently launched here in the country called SUCHERO.

SUCHERO is an ideal sweetener substitute for the preparation of low GI diets and can be safely used by diabetic patients or patients with high sugar level. When incorporated in low GI diets, SUCHERO can help in the proper management of diabetes, weight control, prevention of heart disease and obesity.

A couple of days ago at the Red Crab Restaurant at Venice Piazza, McKinley Hill, BGC, i was fortunate enough to attend a soft launching of the SUCHERO, getting some insights of the product from no less than Mr. Joey Villa, president of the Philippine-based Churner Group which produces Suchero.

He explained that the product is made from the sap of coconut trees, it has a rich caramel flavor and no after taste. It is also rich in amino acids and vitamins as well as minerals such as calcium, potassium, magnesium, phosphorus, zinc, iron, and manganese.

Mr. Joey Villa (wearing brown shirt) President of Churner Group which produces Suchero with the evening’s emcee, Blas Tiangco (left).

To prove his point, the great chefs at Red Crab prepared for us, the press and bloggers, a sampling of different cuisines using Suchero as an ingredient. It was a feast of the eyes as well as of the taste buds, yummy and delectable.

Here is the menu:

Duo of wrapped Parma Ham and caramelized Melon

Prawn Galantina over bed of tomato paste Pasta

Seared Tuna Nicoise Salad drizzled with Creamy Balsamic Vinaigrette

Maple glazed Spare Ribs with Cheddar whipped Potatoes and Roasted Vegetables

Barako Cheese Cake (yummy!)

Assorted Brownies with pecan nuts

With the media and bloggers during the launch

Where’s my Reebok shoe, B?

While all selections were really delicious, their Barako Cheese Cake was really to die for, made from Batangas barako coffee, soft cheese and the Suchero sweetener. Not too sweet but just right for the taste buds.

Thanks to the staff of Suchero for the samplings we brought home, to Blas Tiangco for organizing and inviting us to this event, to Mr. Joey Villa for his warm presence and introduction of the product to us and to Red Crab Restaurant for the delightful meal!


Current trends of choosing a healthier lifestyle and quality diet is on the rise as our lives today are filled with products leaning on the “instant”, “sweetened” and “artificial.” So it is refreshing to find a sweetener that is all natural (no aspartame and no sucralose) and fits the requirement for a healthy and nutritious diet.

SUCHERO is a nutrient-rich, low-glycemic crystalline sweetener that looks, tastes, dissolves and melts almost exactly like sugar, but it is completely natural and unrefined. SUCHERO has no additives, no preservatives, no chemicals, and it is unbleached and unfiltered.

The best sugar alternative fit for the whole family must not only be healthy and all-natural, it must also be certified organic, according to Joey Villa, president of the Philippine-based Churner Group which produces Suchero.

This alternative sweetener has an organic certification from the US Department of Agriculture – National Organic Program and a Certificate of Conformity from EU (European Union) Organic Products. Both certifications ensure that no synthetic inputs or chemical fertilizers and other harmful ingredients were used to produce Suchero.

The best proof of Suchero’s effectiveness and safety as a sweetener is in the tasting. Made from the sap of coconut trees, it has a rich caramel flavor and no after taste. It is also rich in amino acids and vitamins as well as minerals such as calcium, potassium, magnesium, phosphorus, zinc, iron, and manganese.

Explains Villa: “The human body does not produce minerals and these must be provided from food sources. Vitamins have little function without minerals. Minerals enable the vitamins to effectively accomplish its purposes.”

According to Villa, health buffs especially those who join marathons take Suchero straight from the packet to replace their energy after strenuous activity. “Suchero provides them the extra energy they need but does not
dramatically raise their glycemic index the way real sugar does.”

After a GI spike, the body ironically feels lethargic and weak. Better yet, Suchero behaves like sugar. “Thus, when a recipe calls for one cup of sugar, one may use one cup of Suchero without worrying about any deviations on taste. Preparing and cooking food is thus easy and hassle-free,” according to Villa.

In the Philippines, Suchero is available nationwide in leading supermarkets, health food stores, organic stores, and drug stores. Prominent restaurants using SUCHERO are Chateau 1771, Sentro, Sugar Leaf, Via Mare, Sophia’s Mediterranean, Mona Lisa Ristorante and Bistro Filipino.

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