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Snack without regrets: Enzymatic in-situ fortification to simultaneously meet the consumers taste expectations and health consciousness | Abstract
Journal of Nutrition & Food Sciences

Journal of Nutrition & Food Sciences
Open Access

ISSN: 2155-9600

Abstract

Snack without regrets: Enzymatic in-situ fortification to simultaneously meet the consumers taste expectations and health consciousness

Martina Bluhm

Evolution has blessed us with a sense of taste allowing the joyful consumption of culinary delights, where especially sweet-tasting food products with high sugar content – indicating “no toxicity” -catch our attraction. However, the resulting widely spread overconsumption of sugar has turned indulgence into serious health concerns for the human population: more and more people are impaired by health issues such as overweight, diabetes and cardiovascular diseases. Consequently, consumer advisors as well as politicians demand a significant reduction of sugar in processed foods and c-LEcta as leading biotechnology company dedicated to the development of enzyme cascades and cell-free biosynthesis approaches this issue with innovative ideas: We have created proven concepts for the enzymatic in-situ conversion of critical sugars like fructose, glucose and saccharose into more valuable saccharides while – most importantly - maintaining taste and texture. By such treatment, foodstuff with added benefits including less sugar, lower calorie count and reduced glycemic index can be produced. The methods are especially applicable for raw materials with a naturally high content of sugar like fruit juices and thereby are not only an alternative to high intensity sweeteners but offer a solution for a so far hardly addressable technical challenge.

Published Date: 2020-08-31;