"DouxMatok's technology will allow for a reduction of 30-60% of sugar in a product, depending on the application, and with no effect on taste," Eran Baniel told the Tazpit News Agency.
Expanding upon research carried out in the United States and United Kingdom, Baniel added: "When we tested it in the UK, our product had the exact same taste profile as un-adapted sugar, with none of the aftertaste caused by artificial sweeteners."
For health-conscious individuals with a sweet tooth, these are enticing promises.
In recognition of their breakthrough, Baniel's company recently won Best Company at the Agravest 2015 event. Agravest, a yearly conference organized by Israel’s Ministry of Economy, Trendlines Agtech, and GreenSoil Investments, hosted their third annual event at the Weizmann Institute of Science.
Baniel, a serial entrepreneur, is hoping the exposure will now help the company raise $4 million in their second round of fundraising.
The product he speaks so enthusiastically about is a lab-based transformation of sugar, one which requires no artificial chemicals. The modified sugar, he claims, works by modifying the how the molecules interact with the receptors on the tongue.
The gustatory system, through which the body perceives taste, is not a fully efficient process. When consuming food or drink with a sweet flavor, usually containing sugar syrup or powder, many of the sugar molecules move through the mouth and miss the sweet taste receptors.
Consumers ingest these sugar particles without registering their sweetness, and therefore the sweetness of the product as a whole. If people could taste every sugar molecule in a cup of regular soda, they would most likely find it inedible.
DouxMatok's technology coats the sugar molecules on to organic carriers using a natural mineral, which transports multiple sugar molecules together to the taste receptors on the tongue.
The four-person company, based in Petach Tikvah, will soon be looking find partners to go to market with. Instead of attempting to replace current sugar manufacturers, Baniel said, DouxMatok will aim to partner with them.
If the product works as well in application as it does in theory, it would not only boost the health profile of many food manufacturers' products, but also save them significant expenditures on raw materials.
Baniel gave a large portion of credit for the innovative work to his father, Avraham, who is still going strong at 97 years old. "He was called up by Ben-Gurion and Chaim Weizmann to start Israel's industrial chemical industry, and he's been going ever since," Eran said of his father's ever-sweet career.
Reprinted with permission from the Tazpit News Agency.