Nutrition

An Update on Added Sugars Labeling

An Update on Added Sugars Labeling

THE FOOD & DRUG ADMINISTRATION (FDA) published the Small Entity Compliance Guide titled “Revision of the Nutrition and Supplement Facts Labels” in February. Its purpose is to help industry apply the finalized FDA rulings on what foods and ingredients meet their...

Consumers & Sweeteners: A Complicated Love Affair

Consumers & Sweeteners: A Complicated Love Affair

A COMPREHENSIVE MARKET and consumer trends assessment entitled “Retooling for the New Sweetener Influencers” was provided by Elizabeth Sloan, Ph.D., of Sloan Trends, Inc. for the 2020 Sweetener Systems Conference. Sloan's presentation focused particularly on consumers...

Genetics, Sweet Preference, Sleep & Food Choices

Genetics, Sweet Preference, Sleep & Food Choices

With the increased focus on sugars and sweeteners, sophisticated research has investigated unsuspected factors impacting sweetness perception, food preferences and health. For example, about one-third of adults in developed countries report failing to meet recommended...

On the Cutting Edge of Fruit Juice Sugar Reduction

On the Cutting Edge of Fruit Juice Sugar Reduction

Israeli-based startup Better Juice recently announced that it was teaming up with Brazilian Juice producer Citrosuco SA to establish a pilot plant that will ultimately lead to the production of reduced sugar orange juice. Better Juice Ltd. has developed innovative new...

Analytical Methods for Lawful Sweetener Labeling

Analytical Methods for Lawful Sweetener Labeling

THE REVISED U.S. NUTRITION LABEL regulations, to be implemented in 2020, will transform the carbohydrate portion of the label by including a line for added sugars along with revised definitions of dietary fiber. The food and beverage analysis industries are far from...

Studies Show Reduced Sugar Doesn’t Mean Reduced Weight

Studies Show Reduced Sugar Doesn’t Mean Reduced Weight

AT THE OUTSET OF HIS TALK, “Reducing Added Sugars: Will It Reverse the Trend Toward Overweight & Obesity,” John White, Ph.D., President and Founder, White Technical Research, asked how many in the audience believed that sugar consumption was correlated with...

Confusion Abounds with FDA’s Proposed Added Sugar Labeling

Confusion Abounds with FDA’s Proposed Added Sugar Labeling

Anticipate turbulence ahead! Changes to the Nutrition Facts label in order to accommodate FDA’s proposed "added sugar” labeling requirements are intended to help, but can also potentially confuse suppliers, manufacturers and consumers, noted Lauren Swann, MS, RDN,...

Uncertainty Leaves Consumers in a Sweetener Paradox

Uncertainty Leaves Consumers in a Sweetener Paradox

“SUGAR REDUCTION may be the top-cited dietary priority globally, but consumers aren’t quite willing to give up sweeteners completely,” said Julie Johnson, General Manager, HealthFocus International. She also noted that consumer perceptions of sweeteners are...

Polyols: Properties, Trends & Labeling

Polyols: Properties, Trends & Labeling

Click to Enlarge “Sugars can be classified as monosaccharides, disaccharides or mixtures, such as corn syrup. The key to using polyols for sugar reduction is to select a polyol with similar structure and functional properties as the sugar that you are replacing,” said...

Natural Sweetener Characteristics and Uses

Natural Sweetener Characteristics and Uses

Click to Enlarge Sweeteners have a variety of functional properties, including taste, texture and crystal control, among others. Yet, with diabetes on the rise and an increased focus on nutrition and well-being, consumers are demanding more healthful products,...