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Nestle claims it can slash sugar by 40pc

Press AssociationPress Association 2 days ago

Food producer Nestle claims it has discovered a way to drastically reduce the amount of sugar in its chocolate bars.

In a boost for those with a sweet tooth, the world's largest food company has said it has developed a method of cutting as much as 40 per cent of sugar from its confectionery.

The Swiss company, which makes Aero bars, Rolos and KitKats, said it has found a way to structure sugar differently using natural ingredients so even when much less is used in chocolate, consumers would barely taste the difference.

The move comes amid pressure from on food companies to slash sugar levels and make products healthier over fears increasing consumption is causing a rise in obesity and conditions such as type 2 diabetes.

Nestle chief technology officer Stefan Catsicas likened the process to making sugar crystals that are hollow and faster-dissolving.

The discovery will allow the company to reduce the sugar amount while maintaining the same taste.

Nestle hopes to patent its discovery and introduce the process in 2018 to gradually reduce sugar content.

Western governments have piled pressure on food companies to reduce sugar levels amid a worsening health crisis, with the British government announcing in March it would introduce a tax on soft drinks with added sugar.

A Cancer Research study based on data from the National Diet and Nutrition Survey recently found adults and young children consume twice the daily maximum recommended amount of added sugar.

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