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E953 is a food additive approved by the EU (European Union). It is used as a synthetic sweetener in food and drink products.

The common name for E953 is isomalt. E953 is a disaccharide of glucose and mannitol (E421).

The process of production of E953 consists of sugar being converted to isomaltulose, then hydrogenated to form isomalt. E953’s stability at high temperatures enables it to be used in cooking of foods, such as bakery products. It's sweetness is approximately 60% to that of sugar.

E953 is considered good for teeth as it reduces the formation of plaque. However, because it is a sugar alcohol, it may cause flatulence or diarrhoea.

Examples of food and drink products that sometimes include E953:

  • bakery products
  • diet foods

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