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January 16, 1943

Current Comment

JAMA. 1943;121(3):196-197. doi:10.1001/jama.1943.02840030034012

SYRUP SUBSTITUTES  Restrictions on the use of sugar have resulted in renewed interest in syrup substitutes. One recent communication1 presents a brief review of previous discoveries and recommendations in this field. Agents which have been used in the past as sugar substitutes include honey, glycerin, saccharin and molasses. After listing a series of agents used to prepare experimentally artificial syrups containing a water soluble gum and soluble saccharin, the author concluded that syrups of satisfactory stability could be prepared with sodium alginate, irish moss, tragacanth and locust bean gum as thickening agents and saccharin as a sweetening agent. However, because of the uncertainty of the supply of tragacanth and locust bean gum, domestic sodium alginate and irish moss may receive more attention. The thickening agents experimented with by the author include citrus pectin, methyl cellulose, irish moss, acacia, locust bean gum, alginate, apple pectin, karaya gum, glycerin and sorbitol.