Optimising Sweet Taste in Foods

Optimising Sweet Taste in Foods

1st Edition - July 17, 2006

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  • Editor: W J Spillane
  • eBook ISBN: 9781845691646

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A sweet taste is often a critical component in a consumer’s sensory evaluation of a food product. This important book summarises key research on what determines consumer perceptions of sweet taste, the range of sweet-tasting compounds and the ways their use in foods can be optimised.The first part of the book reviews factors affecting sweet taste perception. It includes chapters on how taste cells respond to sweet taste compounds, genetic differences in sweet taste perception, the influence of taste-odour and taste-ingredient interactions and ways of measuring consumer perceptions of sweet taste. Part two discusses the main types of sweet-tasting compounds: sucrose, polyols, low-calorie and reduced-calorie sweeteners. The final part of the book looks at ways of improving the use of sweet-tasting compounds, including the range of strategies for developing new natural sweeteners, improving sweetener taste, optimising synergies in sweetener blends and improving the use of bulk sweeteners.With its distinguished editor and international team of contributors, Optimising sweet taste in foods is a standard reference for the food industry in improving low-fat and other foods.

Key Features

  • Investigates what determines consumer perceptions of sweet taste
  • Looks at improving the use of sweet-tasting compounds
  • Explores strategies for delivering new natural sweeteners


Those in the food industry who are in charge of improving low-fat and other foods

Table of Contents

  • Part 1 Factors affecting sweet taste perception: Stimulation of taste cells by sweet taste compounds; Genetic differences in sweet taste perception; Children’s liking of sweet tastes and its biological basis; Taste-odour interactions in sweet taste perception; Taste-ingredient interactions modulating sweetness; Measuring consumers’ perceptions of sweet taste. Part 2 Types of sweet tasting compounds: Sucrose; Polyols; Low-calorie sweeteners; Reduced-calorie sweeteners and caloric alternatives. Part 3 Improving sweet tasting compounds and optimising their use in foods: Analysing and predicting properties of sweet-tasting compounds; Discovering new natural sweeteners; Molecular design and the development of new sweeteners; Developing new sweeteners from natural compounds; Improving the taste of sweeteners; Analysing and predicting synergy in sweetener blends; Bulk sweet tasting compounds in food product development; Hydrocolloid-sweetener interactions in food products; Future directions: Using biotechnology to discover new sweeteners, bitter blockers and sweetness potentiators.

Product details

  • No. of pages: 448
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Woodhead Publishing 2006
  • Published: July 17, 2006
  • Imprint: Woodhead Publishing
  • eBook ISBN: 9781845691646

About the Editor

W J Spillane

Professor William J. Spillane works within the Chemistry Department of the National University of Ireland, Galway. He has published widely on non-nutritive sweeteners such as sulfamates as well as other aspects of sweet taste quality.

Affiliations and Expertise

National University of Ireland, Ireland

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