prof. dr. Desmet Tom
Kojibiose, a new sweetener comes within reach
When studying the characteristics of a certain enzyme, we noticed that it formed very small amounts of kojibiose. Kojibiose is extremely difficult to produce in large amounts, so the original enzyme was modified in such a way that it can produce kojibiose more easily.
Kojibiose is an ideal substitute for classic sweeteners like sucrose and fructose. It's not only better for the teeth, it also works as a prebiotic - a food substance that improves intestinal flora. Prebiotics are becoming increasingly important in the prevention of diabetes, cancer and Crohn's Disease. There are only a few prebiotics that taste sweet and could be used as a substitute for sugar.