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Finding: Sugar makes foods more liked however adding spices may be helpful in preserving liking of some reduced sugar foods.
Summary: The use of culinary spices has been proposed to reduce sugar (and NNS) intake. This study tested whether the use of culinary spices could preserve hedonic liking of test foods (black tea, oatmeal and apple crisp) with full sugar (FS), reduced sugar (RS) and reduced sugar with spice (RSS). Liking was measured using a likert scale and foods were tested in two sub-groups: in study 1 subjects rated on different occasions over consecutive weeks; in study 2 subjects rated foods all at he same time. Both studies yielded similar results. For all three test foods, liking was higher for full sugar than reduced sugar. For tea, spices did not alter liking in either study. For oatmeal, spices did not improve liking of reduced sugar. For apple crisps, reduced sugar with spice was no different than full sugar. The authors concluded that spices could preserve liking in a reduced sugar apple crisp (dessert food) but not tea or oatmeal.
Citation: Peters JC, Marker R, Pan Z et al. The influence of adding spices to reduced sugar foods on overall liking. J Food Sci 24 Feb 2018.