Novel Sugar Enhancer
Reduced calorie sugar mixtures. Project ID : 23-2018-4618
Summary of the technology
Reduced calorie sugar mixtures.
Project ID : 23-2018-4618
Description of the technology
Sweet, Taste enhancements, Taste formation
Current development stage
TRL4 Technology validated in lab; Seeking to partner with companies to work on specific products
Sweet taste is one of the primary determinants of food preference and intake. Sweetness has a huge impact on health and global economy, leading to constant search for cost effective, healthy, novel sweeteners.Sugar is extensively consumed in modern diets. The current limitations of existing artificial sweeteners are manifold:
There is a need to reach the same sweetness level and keep desired taste profile while less sugar is consumed.
The researchers discovered two novel molecules that enhance the sweet intensity of natural sugars, like glucose.
POC conducted for 2 molecules
Perspective compounds were tested and sensory experiments conducted.Compound A has a low Glycemic Index* (GI=3) and caloric value (1.5 Kcal/gram), and is At 5% substitution by compound A, calories will be reduced by ≈20%
Figure 1 Sweetness score of mixture: glucose and compound A
Figure 2 Relative sweetness: The sweetness of the combination was compared to sweetness of base glucose solution for each participant. Presented on Y axis is the averaged relative sweetness for the 24 participants
Sugar enhancers are widely employed in Food and Beverages industry in products like sweet beverages, diary, snacks, energy drinks and table top sweeteners.
The novel compounds are potential healthy substitute for sugar and can transform “red label” products to “green label” by 20-30% calorie reduction.