Polyols in confectionery: the route to sugar-free, reduced sugar and reduced calorie confectionery
Zumbé, A, Lee, A and Storey, DM 2001, 'Polyols in confectionery: the route to sugar-free, reduced sugar and reduced calorie confectionery' , British Journal of Nutrition, 85 (S1) , S31-S45.
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Polyol-containing confectionery offers considerable advantages over traditional sucrose-based confectionery in terms of reduced energy content and reduced cariogenicity. However, over-consumption of polyol confectionery may lead to gastrointestinal symptoms in some individuals. Rather than consider this as a distinct disadvantage to the consumer, this article discusses how careful consideration of the physico-chemical properties of polyols and advances in product development and formulation can provide suitable polyol-based products for the consumer. Furthermore. food legislation and ingredient pricing issues are just some of the factors that must be taken into account when designing new polyol-containing products if their functional benefits and good product quality are to be delivered to the consumer.
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