Cargill has been granted U.S. patent #8,512,739 for the use of its Xtend sucromalt low glycemic index sweetener in food and beverage compositions. The patent covers the process and conditions to produce sucromalt that ensure its unique carbohydrate composition and appropriate physical characteristics necessary for handling and food application (e.g., viscosity and sweetness). Foods containing sucromalt are also covered by the patent; as a result, Cargill can offer patent protection to customers for applications containing Xtend sucromalt.
Xtend sucromalt is a fully but slowly digestible carbohydrate sweetener that the company says is ideal for use in foods where balanced energy or a blunted glucose response is desired after eating. Sucromalt contains 4 kcal/g and because of its carbohydrate profile it has less impact on glycemic response than some of the more rapidly digestible caloric sweeteners.
“Xtend sucromalt has similar taste attributes as sugar, and is ideal for use in foods and beverages where you want to deliver balanced energy without the blood sugar peaks and valleys of traditional carbohydrate sweeteners,” said Deborah Schulz, Cargill’s Specialty Carbohydrates product line manager.
“We are pleased to receive this patent as we strongly believe in the market potential for sucromalt. We are committed to providing our customers and consumers with superior products supported by extensive research, and look forward to working with customers to bring more products containing Xtend® sucromalt to market,” said Schulz.