With obesity on the rise worldwide, reduced calorie diets are perceived by both health professionals and consumers as an effective weight management strategy.
Litesse® is only partially metabolized in the human body. As a result, it contributes only 25% of the calories of sugar (1 kcal/g versus 4 kcal/g) and only 11% of the calories of fat (9 kcal/g). At the same time, Litesse® is able to maintain the texture and mouthfeel that is often lost in the process of removing sugar and fat to reduce calories.
With Litesse® as part of the formulation, food manufacturers can therefore achieve reductions of up to 50% in calories with no compromise on taste and eating quality.
Litesse® can therefore be used in the development of new or reformulated foods that will appeal to calorie-counting consumers. It has a superior, clean taste that allows for the full perception of flavors, whilst also permitting its use at higher levels to achieve a greater reduction in calories than is possible with many other ingredients.
Litesse® is virtually non-sweet, so it can be used in combination with other sweeteners to help balance and/or modify the final sweetness of foods and beverages to maximize consumer appeal.