Trehalose Functionality

Trehalose, a carbohydrate contained naturally in a wide variety of plants and microorganisms, possesses many unique properties that positively influence food stability.

February 18, 2015

Deborah Schultz, project manager, Cargill Health and Nutrition, discusses the many unique properties of trehalose, a glucose disaccharide found in nature. This sugar has high glass transition temperature, is non-reducing, non-hygroscopic, mildly sweet and stable to heat and acid. Trehalose is used to manipulate food texture and extends shelf life, e.g., crispier crackers. 

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