April 2006 Ingredient Round-Up - Sweeteners

This group of sweeteners provides a flavorful palette for consumers' palates.

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Sucromalt: energy of sugar

Xtend sucromalt is a new, fully digestible, slow-release carbohydrate that delivers the full energy of sugar but is digested more slowly in the body. The all-natural sweetener is a syrup derived from sucrose and maltose. It offers product developers the benefits of slow digestibility, including sustained energy release and lower glycemic response. Xtend sucromalt releases its carbohydrates into the bloodstream slowly, resulting in a muted blood sugar response and a slow energy release versus the fast energy release and higher glycemic response of sugar. It fills a functional gap between full-calorie sweeteners and reduced-calorie sweeteners. The product is GRAS with no daily intake limit and is 60 to 70 percent as sweet as sugar.

Cargill Sweetness Solutions; Minneapolis
952-742-2738; www.cargill.com



Sweeteners and more

Among its new "ingredient solution sets," the vendor launched two systems that provide sweetening as well as other functionalities. Cereal Bar Rebalance 703 provides binding and cohesion and increases the protein content while also allowing a 25-40 percent reduction in sugar and a 33 percent reduction in total carbohydrates. Cereal Bar Rebalance 704 allows for bars with lower sugar and higher protein. Both ingredient solution sets have undergone sensory testing that shows they can produce reduced- or low-carb bars similar to those with higher fat and sugar.

Tate & Lyle; Decatur, Ill.
866-653-6622; www.tateandlyle.com



Serving an Ace K

Sunett is acesulfame potassium, a high-intensity sweetener that is 200 times sweeter than sugar. It's characterized by clean, fast-acting, impact sweetness and synergistic properties with other nutritive and non-nutritive sweeteners. The ingredient demonstrates excellent storage, temperature and pH stability. Sunett is approved for use in food and beverages in more than 100 countries.

Nutrinova Inc.; Somerset, N.J.
800-786-3883; www.nutrinova.com



Low GI carbohydrates

A portfolio of specialty carbohydrates have low glycemic indexes. Litesse polydextrose adds 1kcal/gram and has a wide range of physiological and functional benefits. It replaces both sugar and fat while improving flavor and texture. Lactitol, a 2kcal/gram sweetener derived from lactose, plays roles in chocolate, confectionery ice cream and baked goods. Xylitol is a naturally occurring bulk sweetener as sweet as sugar with 40 percent fewer calories and has unique dental benefits.

Danisco Sweeteners, Ardsley, N.Y.
800-255-6837; www.danisco.com/sweeteners



A low-GI sugar

Still relatively new on the sweetener scene, Palatinose is a functional carbohydrate. Like fructose or sucrose, it is fully digested and thus has the same caloric value. Unlike these traditional sugars, however, Palatinose is digested much more slowly and promotes fat oxidation. This slow digestibility also results in a very low glycemic response and a low insulinemic response, which in turn help avoid peaks and lows in blood sugar and blood insulin. It's a suitable ingredient to help consumers reduce snacking and overeating and manage their weight more effectively – while providing the natural, sweet taste of a natural constituent of honey and sugar cane.

Palatinit; Mannheim, Germany
+49-621-421-148; www.palatinit.com



Clearly organic

In the past, organic sugar has been difficult to use in applications such as soft drinks where color is critical. Most organic sugar has been based on brown cane sugars, which have typical cane off-notes, and many companies have sought an alternative. Naturesweet LC is a range of low-color, organic liquid sweeteners. They are crystal clear in soft drinks and have a clean, sweet taste, making them a suitable organic sweetness solution for numerous applications.

Orafti Sweeteners; Tienen, Belgium
+ 32 16 80 15 82; www.orafti.com



Beyond sugar

Beyond*Sugar is an all-natural, low calorie, low glycemic, thermogenic, nutritionally fortified, fully functional sugar sweetener. It is made entirely from natural sugars with no sugar alcohols or synthetic chemicals. The company claims it does not stimulate adipose tissue fat-storage. Created via patent-pending technology, it can replace cane, beet and corn sugars in many foods and beverages.

Quantum Food Design; Coral Gables, Fla.
888-733-0088; www.quantumfooddesign.com


New distributor for NutraSweet

Premium Ingredients Group, a distributor of ingredients serving the food, fragrance and pharmaceutical manufacturing industries in the U.S. and Europe, is now the exclusive distributor of NutraSweet, the low-calorie, high-intensity sweetener aspartame, in the U.S. and Canada. NutraSweet remains owned by NutraSweet Co. and manufactured in Augusta, Ga. It can be used to sweeten a variety of foods and beverages and is about 200 times sweeter than sugar.

Premium Ingredients Group; Carol Stream, Ill.
630-868-0300; www.premiumingredients.com

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