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Neohesperidin Dihydrochalcone
Jan 29, 2017

Product Detail

Basic Info
  • Type:Neohesperidin Dihydrochalcone

  • Nutritional Value:Nutritional

  • Effect:Stabilization

  • Resource:Natural

Product Description
Neohesperidin dihydrochalcone, sometimes abbreviated to neohesperidin DC or simply NHDC, is an artificial sweetener derived from citrus. NHDC is a compound roughly 1500-1800 times sweeter than sugar at threshold concentrations; Around 340 times sweeter than sugar weight-for-weight. NHDC's sweet taste has a slower onset than sugar's and lingers in the mouth for some time. Unlike aspartame, NHDC is stable to elevated temperatures and to acidic or basic conditions. NHDC itself can stay foodsafe for up to five years when stored in optimal conditions.
The European Union approved NHDC's use as a sweetener in 1994. NHDC is considered as a flavour enhancer in the Generally Recognized as Safe by the Flavour and Extract Manufacturers' Association, which is a trade group with no legal standing.
It is particularly effective in masking the bitter tastes of other compounds found in citrus.
The product is well known for having a strong synergistic effect when used in conjunction with other artificial sweeteners such as aspartame, saccharin, acesulfame potassium, and cyclamate, as well as sugar alcohols such as xylitol. NHDC usage boosts the effects of these sweeteners at lower concentrations than would otherwise be required; Smaller amounts of other sweeteners are needed.
As a flavour enhancer, NHDC is used in a wide range of products and is indicated by the E number E 959. It is noted particularly for enhancing sensory effects. An example of this is 'creaminess' in dairy foods such as yogurt and ice cream, but is also widely favoured for use in otherwise naturally bitter products. Pharmaceutical companies are fond of the product as a means of reducing the bitterness of pharmacological drugs in tablet form, and it has been used for livestock feed as a means of reducing feeding time. Other products NHDC can be found in may include a wide variety of beverages, savoury foods, toothpaste, mouthwash and condiments.
NHDC in pure form is found as a white substance not unlike powdered sugar. In food it is used as a flavour enhancer in concentrations of around 4-5 parts per million (ppm) and as an artificial sweetener at around 15-20 ppm.