Traditionally, human sensory panels have been used to map the taste profile of food products, but in recent years new technologies have also made it possible to measure sensory properties and translate the results into the language of human sensory. In electronic sensory (e-sensory) of food and beverages, measurements are selected which give a direct relation to the human sensory attributes. To each sample tags such as experience, feelings and memories can also be attached. In the study, aroma profile analyses have been used to compare a sugar reduced gingerbread cookie with the original full sugar recipe.

“To replace sugar is not an easy task for the food industry as sugar is not only added to sweeten, but also plays an important role for texture, taste and colour. The use of e-sensory has been shown to be a valuable tool when developing new recipes of food products to match the aroma profiles to the target recipe. Looking at the results from the study I believe that using modern technology, such as e-sensory, can be an excellent and effective tool to reach healthier sugar reduced products”, explains Mathias Lundgren, PhD. Physical chemistry, Bayn Europe AB.

For the study, two recipes of gingerbread were prepared. The sugar reduced gingerbreads were made by replacing the sugar with Eureba Bakery Blend. To compare the sensory data measured from the two recipes, an e-sensory aroma database with data from ten different gingerbread cookie manufacturers in the Swedish market was used. It was found that different aroma profiles were found in the two recipes. Based on the e-sensory analysis, Lundgren learnt that adding more cinnamon or orange peel to the sugar reduced recipe would make the sensory more like the original recipe.  

“E-sensory technology is one of the components that will be used on the cloud platform that Bayn Europe is currently building. Looking at the results from the gingerbread study, we can see that e-sensory can successfully be used to help optimize sugar reduced recipes to be more like full sugar recipes. We are certain that this technology development can shorten the development time and eliminate the risk of uncertainty for food and beverage producers looking to reduce sugar. We will now continue to conduct research using e-sensory on other types of recipes”, says Patrik Edström, CEO Bayn Europe AB.

The results of the ginger bread e-sensory study can be found in Bayn Europe’s new white paper here

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