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Nestlé sugar is sweet news for chocaholics

Nestlé sugar is sweet news for...
Nestlé says its new sugar is better for you, but delivers a similar taste to regular sugar
Nestlé says its new sugar is better for you, but delivers a similar taste to regular sugar
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Nestlé says its new sugar is better for you, but delivers a similar taste to regular sugar
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Nestlé says its new sugar is better for you, but delivers a similar taste to regular sugar
The new discovery is designed to dissolve in the mouth without delivering as much sugar to the stomach
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The new discovery is designed to dissolve in the mouth without delivering as much sugar to the stomach
Regular sugar is on the left, the new Nestlé compound on the right
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Regular sugar is on the left, the new Nestlé compound on the right

There are millions of chocaholics in the world fighting to enjoy the sweet treat in moderation, lest they end up looking like Augustus Gloop. According to Nestlé, a team of scientists in Lausanne has managed to structure sugar differently, which could help create delicious chocolate that's easier on the waistline.

The team at Nestlé says that the new structure allows for a "significant" decrease in the amount of sugar used in chocolate without ruining the taste. The new discovery is designed to dissolve in the mouth without delivering as much sugar to the stomach, allowing for a sweet, normal taste in a healthier package.

Beyond that, precious little detail is available about the new compound. We've reached out to Néstle for more information, and will keep you updated on their response. We do know the faster dissolving compound is currently being patented by the company, and should start showing up in confectionery products from 2018.

"This truly groundbreaking research is inspired by nature and has the potential to reduce total sugar by up to 40 percent in our confectionery," says Stefan Catsicas, Nestlé Chief Technical Officer. "Our scientists have discovered a completely new way to use a traditional, natural ingredient."

Nestle isn't alone in searching for a great-tasting alternative to sugar. Stevia (a plant-based sweetener that's been used commercially since the 1970s) and Splenda (an artificial sweetener based on sucralose) are two of the current alternatives to regular sugar, while researchers are working to make Brazzein commercially viable, too.

Source: Nestlé

8 comments
Mzungu_Mkubwa
Okay, you know its gotta be asked: If the sugar that gets put into your mouth doesn't make it to your stomach, just where exactly does it end up? Expectoration? Evaporation? Teleportation? Alien Abduction? Heh, heh... (I'm assuming it gets broken down by saliva into something more benign on the system than sugar, but why not be more explicit about this? Sorry, just way too vague dudes.
habakak
Bravo. I hope this is successful. More than anything so that hopefully garbage sugar replacements like Splenda and Stevia dies off. Those products just makes everything it gets added to taste NOT like the product should or does normally taste like.
windykites
Erythritol is a sugar alcohol with almost zero calories. It tastes good. Not as sweet as sucrose(70%) Slight cooling effect on the tongue, and a white crystalline appearance. More people need to know about this.
Commontator
Looks like they've also discovered Evolve, the diabetically safe sweetener. Yum!
milo
@MzunguMkubwa ;-)))))))))))³, there are three types of sugar, naturally living sugar, which never exceeded 42° C, ( honeycomb, fruits, … ), dead sugar, treated with heat, and ‘ moneysugar ‘, whatever may serve the business,
Tom Lee Mullins
I think that is really good news for my sweet tooth.
Jay Gatto
Xylitol is there already. Nothing new. Anything that "feeds the sweet tooth", builds up 'sweetness resistance', lowers perception of natural 'sweetness' in foods, and keeps the cycle going. "I demand cake!"
Aross
Lets see what this stuff will do a couple of decades or generations down the line. What new disease will this create. My motto, if its made in the lab don't eat it!