Sweet taste perception

Consumers in a Sweetener Paradox

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...

Sugar Reduction Approaches

Sugar Reduction Approaches

Many questions are raised before innovation begins in a process such as sugar reduction, including: How do you grow in emerging markets? How do you get smart from the beginning? What features should you include? What products will let you compete? How can we lean on...

Natural Sweetener Characteristics & Uses

Natural Sweetener Characteristics & Uses

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, including those with...

Reducing Sugar in Baked Products

Reducing Sugar in Baked Products

“I am just a simple baker,” began David Busken, Principal and Consultant with Bakery Development Ltd. Well, that’s understating it a bit: He’s a master commercial baker and the descendant of a long line of professional bakers. Busken presented a list of sweeteners...

Does Sugar Cause Obesity?

Does Sugar Cause Obesity?

“So, when you see someone who is obese…do you ask, ‘Is it too much sugar; is it too much carbohydrate; or is it just too [insert colorful adjective] much?” Professor Julie Miller Jones, of St. Catherine University in St. Paul, Minnesota, characteristically likes to...

2018 Sweeteners Systems Conference

2018 Sweeteners Systems Conference

Global Food Forums' 2018 Sweeteners Systems Conference was held at the Hyatt Lodge, McDonald’s Campus, Oak Brook, Ill. USA. Properties and interactions of a range of ingredients that impact the sweetness perception and performance of finished products were covered....

To Remove Caloric Sugars…or Not?

To Remove Caloric Sugars…or Not?

“Humans have a strong preference for sweet taste, but that’s a problem from a health perspective. In order to develop reduced-sugar products, food formulators need to understand how sweet taste works,” said Nancy E. Rawson, Ph.D., Associate Director of the Monell...

Sugar Reduction in Baked Products

Sugar Reduction in Baked Products

Sugar reduction can be a monumental task, but for the baking industry, such a task may be a defensive necessity. The challenge is that sugar contributes not just sweetness, but also bulking, functionality, yeast food, flavor, color, solubility, preservation, texture...

Three Practical Sensory Tools

Three Practical Sensory Tools

The march toward healthier reduced-sugar product formulations may break new ground in the art and science of food formulation, but it will not necessarily break new ground regarding consumers’ expectations for the sensory qualities of their food and beverage choices....

Replication of Sugar Taste

Replication of Sugar Taste

Pressure on food and beverage companies to reduce sugar-derived calories continues to intensify due to the obesity and diabetes epidemics and, more recently, taxation and labeling requirements. Synthetic and natural non-caloric sweetener substitution for sugars is...