Scientists find sweet solution to stevia’s bitter aftertaste – report _ beverage industry news _ just-drinks

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Scientists from Cornell University have claimed to have reduced the bitter aftertaste of plant-based sweetener stevia.

It has been suggested that the bitter aftertaste associated with stevia has limited its use as an alternative sweetener in the soft drinks world. But this could be about to change.

According to a report in the Cornell Chronicle, scientists have found a physical, rather


than chemical, way to reduce bitterness.

Cornell food scientists added a protein solution to the component of the plant that has a sweet taste but a bitter aftertaste. They found that the protein solution “disengages stevia’s bitter components”.

The quest for alternative sweeteners follows fears over the use of artificial aspartame. Earlier this year, PepsiCo launched an aspartame-free version of its diet product in the US. The new version is sweetened with a blend of sucralose and acesulfame potassium.

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