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Anti-fructose science may be swaying public opinion

Consuming beverages sweetened with fructose leads to weight gain and a build up of abdominal fat, and impairs insulin sensitivity, says a new study.

EFSA finds no reason to alter aspartame ADI

The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) said there is no indication that aspartame causes cancer following its assessment of a study that linked regular intake of the sweetener with increased risk of certain cancers.

PureCircle establishing stevia’s sustainability early on

The supply chain for stevia is sound and sustainable, says PureCircle, which is communicating the ethical values behind its high purity Reb-A sweetener in keeping with the natural image.

Symrise develops toolbox to tackle stevia flavour issues

Symrise has launched a new toolkit of flavour masking solutions to help food manufacturers to overcome the off-notes and aftertaste associated with stevia-derived sweeteners.

Tate & Lyle positive on sucralose bounce back

Tate & Lyle has indicated that some recovery of sucralose sales towards the end of its financial year, and says it is making progress in yield and process improvements.

Fructose review findings are ‘speculative’: Researcher

The findings of a review about how metabolism of fructose in the brain may affect food intake are “highly speculative and probably incorrect”, says a leading HFCS researcher.

Fructose metabolism in the brain may increase food intake, obesity: Review

The way fructose is metabolised in the brain may increase food intake and lead to obesity, according to a new review from the US.

Sweetened beverages may raise women’s heart disease risk

Women who drink two or more servings of sweetened beverages per day may increase their risk of heart disease by 35 per cent, says a new study.

European stevia firm to build Paraguay plant

Granular, a European stevia producer, has entered into a joint partnership to build a refinery for the natural sweetener in South America which it said will be environmentally neutral.

Danisco counts cost of ingredient sales slowdown

Danisco has reported a slowdown in food ingredient volume sales in Q3 as the economic downturn kicks in; sweeteners and enablers are worst hit, but growth rates in cultures ‘satisfactory’.

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Could sugar shake off its bad boy image?

Sugar could be shedding its bad boy image to take a surprise spot on the public’s list of trusted ingredients, as manufacturers look to appeal to more savvy consumers.

Study pinpoints ‘missing link’ between fructose and insulin resistance

Yale scientists have reportedly found the ‘missing link’ to explain why high-fructose diets may boost the development of insulin resistance.

PureCircle reaps rewards for Reb A contracts in H1

Reb A producer PureCircle has reported a net profit increase of 75 per cent for the first half of 2009 after securing major contracts with companies including PepsiCo, Whole Earth and Cargill ahead of regulatory clearance in key markets.

Polyols choice critical for nutritional bar acceptability

Adding the polyol glycerol to a whey protein based nutritional bar maintains the soft texture and consumer acceptability of the product during storage, says a new study.

Grim outlook prompts sweetener action from Danisco

Danisco reducing its production of xylitol in China and mothballing its xylose facility, as its sweeteners division is implicated as one of the causes of lower earnings expectations.

Swiss firm claims to crack tooth-friendly drink conundrum

A new beverage is claiming to be the first ice tea that can safeguard the health of teeth, thanks to the use of isomaltulose in place of sucrose and an aseptic process that prevents bacteria without the need for acids.

Roquette concept aims to add value to sweetener

Roquette is re-naming its bulk maltitol sweetener as SweetPearl, and is offering additional services to add value for customers – for no extra cost.

Fructose-sweetened drinks again raise questions in obesity-related study

Drinking fructose-sweetened beverages with meals may cause bigger rises in blood levels of triglycerides in obese people after the meal, says a new study.

Novel Foods approval sought for nutritive sweetener

Alberta, Canada-based Bioneutra has applied to the UK Food Standards Agency (FSA) for European Union Novel Foods approval for a prebiotic, isomalto-oligosaccharide sweetener.

Syral centre of excellence to boost innovation

Syral is building a new centre of excellence which it hopes will strengthen innovation by working directly with its customers in the application of its sweeteners and proteins, among other ingredients.

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