Blommer Chocolate Company making a low-fat candy – Consumer News

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12 May 2017 | 5:00 pm

Blommer Chocolate Company is promising that you can have your candy and eat it, too. The Chicago-based company is adding a fat-replacement to a line of candy that claims to have fewer calories, fat and sugar.

The Chicago-based company will use Epogee Fat Replacement in its new Wonder Line of white, milk, dark and yogurt coatings. The company claims Epogee lowers calories by up to 34 percent per serving. Blommer is the first food company to use Epogee.

The new fat replacement controls caloric release through a key part of digestion, according to its website. Epogee is the market brand name for esterified propoxylated glycerol and was developed by Indianapolis-based Choco Finesse.

To create the FDA-approved product, Choco Finesse reconfigures the structure of the fat compounds in GMO-free vegetable oils so they are less likely to be digested as quickly.

Two key components of the oil are separated so a food-grade propoxl link can be inserted in between them. The compounds are then relinked to produce a material that “looks, feels, tastes and cooks like fat.”

“Usually when you have low-fat things there are problems with how it tastes but with our product, it’s indistinguishable and people actually prefer it in taste tests,” said President and Founder of Choco Finesse David Rowe.

This isn’t the first time a company has tried to appeal to calorie counters.

Proctor & Gamble commercialized fat substitute olestra which the FDA approved and marketed as Olean in the 1990s. It was used in several lines of potato chips but it lost its popularity due to consumer reports of gastrointestinal discomfort which included cramps and lose stools after consumption. It was later found that olestra depleted fat soluble vitamins.

Choco Finesse has conducted more than 60 studies to ensure the product’s safety, Rowe said. “We’ve been very, very careful to learn from their (olestra makers) experiences. Epogee is supported by one of the strongest databases ever amassed for a new food ingredient,” he said.

Michael Davidson, Director of the Lipid Clinic at the University of Chicago Pritzer School of Medicine, conducted trials on esterified propoxylated glycerol and found that it was “generally well tolerated” depending on how much of it was consumed. Subjects who consumed 10 grams a day or less “generally tolerated” EPG well. The subjects who consumed 25 to 40 grams a day reported signs of gastrointestinal discomfort. “The safety is reasonably good as long as you don’t overdue it,” Davidson said. “It’s not as bad as olestra.”

Olestra blocked fat absorption in the intestines, whereas Epogee slows down fat absorption. Epogee also doesn’t affect the absorption of fat soluble vitamins like olestra did, Davidson said.

Choco Finesse has been working to develop the product for seven years, according to Rowe. Blommer is their first partnership but he says they are currently working to develop other collaborations with food manufacturers.

Consumers can expect to see Epogee on the ingredient list of select Blommer products later this year.



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