E959 is a food additive approved by the EU (European It is used as a natural sweetener in food and drink products.
The common name for E959 is neohesperidine .
It is produced by the hydrogenation of neohesperidine, which is found naturally in bitter oranges, and may be up to x1800 sweeter than sugar. E959’s stability in acidic conditions and at high temperatures enables it to be used in cooked foods, such as bakery products.
Some sources claim that E959 has been known to cause migraines and nausea when frequently taken in large amounts.
Examples of food/drink products that may include E959:
- diet foods