Nestle, the company behind many sugary delights such as Smarties, KitKat, Rolo, Wonka bars, Lion, and Milky Way, has discovered a new way to reduce the amount of sugar used in its sweets and confectionaries, but preserving the taste.
Knowing how harmful sugar and sugar substitutes like Aspartame and Splenda can be for us, Nestle went back to the drawing board, so to say, in order to create an entirely new sugar recipe. Their aim was to create a formula for a sweetener that makes the treat taste the same, but with significantly reduced sugar.
After months of playing with the test tubes, Nestle’s scientists manage to synthesize a new type of sugar, by resequencing the original recipe. Dr. Stefan Catsicas, Nestle’s Chief of Technology, declared that the new sugar is safer for consumers than the old type of sugar since it was designed to dissolve in the mouth, rather than in your gastrointestinal tract.
According to Nestle’s spokesperson, the new sugar recipe has already been field-tested, and if all goes well, the company will start using the new type of sugar in all their confectionaries recipes starting in 2018.
So, how efficient is this new sugar recipe? According to Nestle’s Chief of Technology, the items created by using the improved sugar-reduced sugar recipe have the same taste as the original products, but with 40 percent less sugar.
Of course, Nestle has not disclosed the recipe. However, according to the company’s official statement, if the new sugar recipe proves itself in the field, they might be willing to share the recipe with other companies in an attempt to make sweets healthier.
Marion Nestle, a nutrition professor at the New York’s University of Public Health, has studied the company’s improved sugar recipe. The scientist declared that the new type of sugar could become a game changer in the battle against obesity and diabetes.
However, there are some limitations to the use of the product. According to Nestle’s Chief of Technology, while the new type of sugar can safely be used to create sweet and confectionaries, it cannot be used, at the moment, to produce sweetened beverages. In addition, Catsicas declared that the new sugar recipe cannot be mixed with coffee.
The World Health Organization declared that an average adult should not consume more than 25 grams of sugar per day, which is the equivalent of 6 teaspoons.
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