Magazine article The Futurist

Man-Made Foods

Magazine article The Futurist

Man-Made Foods

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Man-Made Foods

New, man-made foods are being developed to give consumers more choices for healthier diets.

Foods and food additives that can be created through biotechnology are increasingly attractive to health-conscious people looking for prepared foods and beverages that are convenient, tasty, and low in sugar, lactose, fat, cholesterol, and calories, reports Business Communications Co., Inc. (BCC), a Norwalk, Connecticut, market-research firm.

Synthetic sugar substitutes such as aspartame (e.g., NutraSweet) are found in an ever-growing variety of processed foods, from ketchup to soft drinks. While aspartame has dominated the market since its introduction in 1983, new products will be developed that can be used where aspartame can't. In baked goods, for instance, aspartame has been found not to be heat-resistant enough to succeed as a sugar substitute. Acelsulfame, a new synthetic sweetener, could be used instead and might become the dominant low-calorie, high-intensity sweetener for bakery items over the next five years, says BCC.

There is also growing interest in synthetic fat substitutes for cooking and salad oils. …

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