Formulating with Polysaccharides

Icon Foods Formulating with Polysaccharides!

“Polysaccharides” is such a generic term. Hopefully, this will take some of the mystery out of these complex carbohydrates found abundantly in nature and create a pathway for formulators to use polysaccharides in clean label, reduced sugar applications.

Polysaccharides can be used to enhance texture and mouthfeel as well as act as stabilizers and thickeners. These versatile molecules are the unsung heroes behind many formulations that are low sugar, low carb, and have little effect on blood sugar levels.

In the realm of food science, polysaccharides are celebrated for their remarkable ability to modify and improve the characteristics of various food products. Whether it’s the creamy consistency of your favorite ice cream, the luscious texture of a velvety sauce, or the smooth mouthfeel of a decadent dessert, chances are that polysaccharides have had a hand in perfecting these delights. Here are several key ways in which polysaccharides—specifically PolySweet by Icon Foods—are utilized as ingredients in zero sugar added food formulations:

Texture Enhancement: Polysaccharides are frequently employed to modify and improve the texture of zero sugar added products. These ingredients can replicate the mouthfeel and consistency typically associated with sugar, providing a satisfying sensory experience for consumers.

Stabilization: Polysaccharides act as stabilizers in zero sugar added formulations, helping to prevent ingredient separation and maintain the overall structure and quality of the product. This is particularly important in products where maintaining a consistent texture and appearance is essential, such as dairy alternatives, salad dressings, and frozen desserts.

Sweetness Enhancement: While not all polysaccharides directly contribute to sweetness, certain types of fibers or modified polysaccharides—as is the case with PolySweet—can provide a perception of sweetness in the absence of added sugars. This can help improve the overall flavor profile of zero sugar added products, making them more palatable to consumers.

Bulking and Viscosity: PolySweet contributes to the bulk and viscosity of food products. This can be beneficial in applications where sugar traditionally provides volume and mouthfeel, such as baked goods and confectionery. Additionally, PolySweet pairs perfectly with high intensity sweeteners like stevia, monk fruit extract, and thaumatin.

Nutritional Enrichment: PolySweet, which is classified as a dietary fiber, can provide nutritional benefits to zero sugar added formulations. This ingredient can contribute to digestive health, promote satiety, and support overall well-being, enhancing the nutritional profile of the final product. Furthermore, this remarkable ingredient also serves as a valuable tool for addressing dietary requirements, such as creating low carb, GLP-1, keto friendly, blood sugar friendly, and zero sugar added alternatives, as well as accommodating special dietary needs, including gluten-free and vegan options.

One of the most fascinating aspects of working with polysaccharides is the endless possibilities they offer for innovation. Food formulators can tailor their properties to achieve specific textures, viscosities, and stability in a wide array of products.

As consumer preferences continue to evolve towards healthier, lower-sugar options, the utilization of polysaccharides in no added sugar food formulations represents an innovative and practical approach to meeting these demands while maintaining product quality and consumer satisfaction.

Clean Label Formulation: Polysaccharides can align with the clean label trend, which emphasizes the use of recognizable, minimally processed ingredients. Many polysaccharides, such as pectin and certain gums, are naturally derived and can be perceived as more “clean label” than some traditional additives, making them well-suited for zero sugar added formulations.

Regulatory Compliance: When formulating zero sugar added products, it’s essential to consider regulatory guidelines and labeling requirements. PolySweet can provide a means of achieving desired product characteristics without the use of added sugars, helping manufacturers meet regulatory standards while delivering products that align with consumer preferences for reduced sugar content.

Applications Across Food Categories: PolySweet is a versatile ingredient that works in a wide range of food categories. From beverages and dairy products to baked goods and savory items, polysaccharides offer formulators the flexibility to create zero sugar added options in diverse product segments, catering to a broad spectrum of consumer needs and preferences.

By leveraging the functional attributes of PolySweet, polysaccharides, food manufacturers and product developers can innovate and create appealing, no added sugar food formulations that meet the demand for healthier options without compromising on taste, texture, or stability With the proposed TRUTH bill introducing guidelines for front of package callouts, the food industry continues to be nudged in the direction of health and wellness. The role of polysaccharides in zero sugar added products is poised to expand, driving the development of innovative, reduced-sugar options that resonate with today’s health-conscious consumers.

Icon Foods is on the forefront of clean label sugar reduction. We are here to help with formulation guidance and ingredients designed to make deep clean cuts to added sugar naturally.


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