As the demand for companies to reduce the amount of sugar they use in food and drink increases, Nestle has come up with a pretty innovative solution.
A lot of the food we eat is loaded with sugar. Perhaps the most worrying thing about that is in many cases, we are only just discovering that to be the case. In Europe recently, the World Health Organization discovered that a large chunk of food and drink intended for babies is loaded with sugar. Something most parents don't even realize, or at least we hope they don't.
As the truth is gradually revealed and outrage builds, Nestle, the world's biggest food company, is attempting to get ahead of the curve. It is doing so by developing a new form of chocolate that contains no added sugar. The first outing of this new product will be released in Japan later this year in the form of Nestle's famous Kit Kat.
So how on Earth can someone create a chocolate bar without using any sugar? Well, Bloomberg has got us covered on that front. The cocoa beans companies use to create chocolate are covered in a white pulp that is normally discarded during the production process. Nestle has used a patented technique to turn that pulp into a powder which contains naturally occurring sugar.
That means Nestles new Kit Kats will still contain sugar, just a lot less than your average bar. 40% less as a matter of fact. At the moment, Nestle has only used its new method to create dark chocolate. However, should it be a success, there is no reason why it can't be used to create milk and even white chocolate in the future that contains no added sugar.
The head of Nestle's confectionery business, Alexander von Maillot revealed that the fact this method requires no added sugar is actually incidental. "It’s more about a novel way to produce chocolate and use the best of the cocoa pod," he told Bloomberg. So not only is Nestle's new method tacking the issue of obesity and diabetes, but its primary focus is to reduce waste. What's not to love?