Is it possible to make sugar less... sugary? That's the feat one major food company is hoping to accomplish in an attempt to make their iconic sweets more appealing to an increasingly health-conscious consumer base.
On Wednesday, Nestlé—the culinary giant behind a number of iconic sweet brands including Kit-Kat, Dreyer's, and Nestlé Toll House—announced a major break-through in their mission to develop a better kind of sweetener. According to Dr. Stefan Catsicas, Nestlé's chief technology officer, the company has discovered a method of restructuring standard sugar that will enable their brands to achieve the same taste with lower amounts of the sweet stuff.
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While the company hasn't released any information on the process behind this restructuring, as they're currently pursuing a patent for the technology, Catsicas notes that the new form of sugar will pack the same flavor, but have less of an impact on the stomach. "It is sugar, but it is assembled differently so it can disassemble easily in your mouth with less going in your gastrointestinal tract," he says.