Sweeteners have a great impact on the acceptance of beverages, affecting not only the taste but also their texture. Beverage manufacturers have been using sweetener blends instead of single sweeteners in reduced-calorie beverages for some time now, with many successful products well established in the marketplace.

Optimizing Sweetener Blends for Low-Calorie BeveragesFor products that include high-intensity sweeteners, beverage manufacturers tend to use the same sweetener blend and ratio for their full spectrum of flavors in an attempt to save devel…

Fig. 1—QDA attributes for sucrose-sweetened cola beverage

Table 1—Sweeteners and blends studied

Table 2—Expression of cola flavor attributes by selected sweetening systems

Table 3—QDA attributes for peach flavor

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