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Appl. Chem. Vol. 74, No. 7, pp.
Pure and Applied Chemistry
Vol. 74, Issue 7
Erythritol. Functionality in noncaloric functional beverages*
Peter de Cock and Claire-Lise Bechert
Cerestar, Vilvoorde R&D Centre, Havenstraat 84,
1800 Vilvoorde, Belgium
Abstract: Noncaloric functional beverages are a key
segment in the rapidly growing functional food market. Erythritol, an
all-natural bulk sweetener, offers sensorial as well as functional benefits
for use in such beverages. It can improve taste quality by adding body
and mouthfeel, and it is capable of masking unwanted off-flavors often
associated with intense sweeteners. In addition, erythritol can strengthen
the functional concept since it is noncaloric, noncariogenic, and nonglycemic,
and it has antioxidant properties.
* A special topic issue on the
science of sweeteners.
** Corresponding author.
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