Swedish research natural fibres to replace chemical sweetener

By FoodManufacture.co.uk team

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Natural fibres blended with Stevia may help public health
Natural fibres blended with Stevia may help public health
Sweetener specialist Bayn Europe and ingredients firm Barentz are researching the use of stevia dietary fibre blends to replace chemical sweeteners in the Baltic region. The project is supported by the Swedish government for its effects on the environment and public health in a prioritised region.

Blends with Stevia, a non-chemical sweetener, and insoluble dietary fibres, will be used in three high sugar demonstration products – jam, ketchup and chocolate powder – instead of the chemical sweeteners normally used to make calorie-reduced products. The dietary fibres are derived from a natural source in the form of recycled residue from manufacturers of apple juice and oat-based products.

The project will demonstrate the positive effects stevia and dietary fibre have on public health issues regarding diabetes and obesity, with up to 90% reduction of calorie levels and remarkable improvement of digestion. Chemical sweeteners are said not to be biodegradable and are avoided by a number of people.

Using natural recycled dietary fibres also adds bulk and texture, cutting the cost of using other bulking agents.

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