Icon Foods’ new sweetener CannaSweet utilizes allulose as a powerful, low calorie sweetener balanced with stevia and monk fruit to develop optimum sweetness, cost benefits, and sugar reduction in reduced, low, or calorie-free foods and beverages. Stevia and monk fruit are widely used, high intensity sweeteners derived from plants. The company’s methods of extraction yield exceptionally clean tasting glycocides from the leaves of the South American plant Stevia rebaudiana (stevia) and mogrosides from fruit from the Siraitia grosvenorii plant (monk fruit). Product developers can rely on superb flavor with the benefit that consumers recognize these ingredients as natural.

CannaSweet may be used in a wide range of food products including: carbonated and non-carbonated beverages; baked goods such as frostings, cakes, pies, pastries, biscuits and rolls, frozen dairy desserts, jams and jellies; sweet sauces; syrups; gummies, chewing gum, hard and soft candies; and puddings and fillings. Suggested maximum use levels range from 3.5 percent in non-alcoholic beverages to 5 percent in yogurt, frozen dairy desserts, and salad dressings. Up to 50 percent may be used in hard candies of chewing gum or gummies.

Because CannaSweet functions like sugar, it is easily used in food applications. Important to bakers, it has a number of functional benefits. In aerated food systems, foaming properties of egg whites are improved. Participation in the Maillard reaction supports browning and adds a golden hue to breads and rolls. Moisture-binding contributes to extended shelf-life, so brownies and cookies will not harden over time.

In frozen desserts, texture, palatability and scoopability are dependent on the dynamics between ice and water. CannaSweet aids the process by depressing the freezing point. In high-solid systems, the sweetening system has a low tendency to crystallize. It is highly soluble at low or high temperature solutions.

Calorie savings in products formulated with this allulose blend are dramatic compared to full-sugar versions. Sugar has 4 calories per gram. CannaSweet has only 0.2 calories per gram. Yet there are other health benefits as well. Blood glucose or insulin levels are not affected. This may be essential to developers of cannabis edibles for the medical industry. It’s critical to those suffering from diabetes. This is nearly 10 percent of the U.S. population. Maintaining moderate blood glucose levels is also important to a wider audience. The American Heart Association considers high blood glucose a factor in metabolic syndrome and increased risk of heart disease, stroke, and other health problems.

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