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Getting the sugar

posted on June 2, 2000


A JAPANESE COMPANY IS PLANNING TO RELEASE FOOD GRADE TREHALOSE (trih-HAH-los) INTO THE AMERICAN MARKET. HAYASHIBARA COMPANY HAS CREATED A COMMERCIALLY FEASIBLE PROCESS FOR EXTRACTING THE NATURALLY OCCURRING SUGAR FROM STARCH AND IS TEAMING UP WITH CARGILL TO PRODUCE TREHALOSE IN THE U-S.

TREHALOSE IS 65 PERCENT LESS SWEET THAN CANE AND BEET SUGAR, AND CAN BE USED AS A COMPONENT OF A WIDE VARIETY OF FOODS, SEASONINGS AND DRINKS. THE STARCH EXTRACT IS CURRENTLY USED IN PHARMACEUTICALS AS A PRESERVATIVE AND IN COSMETICS AS A MOISTURE RETAINER.

THE SWEETNER STILL NEEDS FOOD AND DRUG ADMINISTRATION APPROVAL BEFORE IT CAN BE ADDED TO U-S FOODS.


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