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FDA Greenlights Oobli's Sweet Protein as a Healthy Sugar Substitute

Courtesy of Oobli
Courtesy of Oobli

In a groundbreaking development that promises to redefine the landscape of the sweetener market, Oobli, a trailblazing sweet protein maker, has received a pivotal "No questions" letter from the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA). This significant endorsement marks the company's sweetener product, known scientifically as brazzein, as Generally Recognized as Safe (GRAS) for use in food and beverages. Oobli's achievement is noteworthy as it stands as the first company to gain such recognition from the FDA for a sweet protein, positioning it at the forefront of the industry's evolution towards healthier sugar alternatives.

The Future of Sweetness: A Protein-Based Revolution

Jason Ryder, the founder and chief technology officer of Oobli, and an adjunct professor of chemical and biomolecular engineering at the University of California, Berkeley, heralds the company's innovation as a pivotal shift in the perception and consumption of sweeteners. Oobli's mission to revolutionize the future of sweetness through the use of sweet proteins as a substitute for traditional cane sugar and other alternative sweeteners such as aspartame, sucralose, stevia, and erythritol, underscores a broader move towards healthier, sustainable alternatives in the food industry.

Sweet proteins, characterized by their sugar-like sweetness without the glycemic impact of traditional sugars, are synthesized as proteins by the body, offering a promising solution to the health issues associated with sugar consumption. Oobli's pioneering fruit sweet protein is derived from fruits primarily found in West Africa and other equatorial environments. The brand name "Oobli" itself draws inspiration from the oubli fruit, described by West African villagers as "so sweet it makes children forget their mother’s milk."

FDA Approval: A Milestone for Market Disruption

The FDA's "No questions" letter is more than just regulatory approval; it is a testament to the disruptive potential of sweet proteins in reducing global dependence on sugar and alternative sweeteners. Ali Wing, Oobli's CEO, highlights the transformative ability of their sweetener to replace 70% or more of sugar in a vast array of food and beverages, including sodas, teas, baked goods, and beyond. This capability opens endless opportunities to diminish sugar consumption, aligning with growing consumer demand for healthier food options.

Responding to Consumer Health Trends

The demand for natural sweeteners in North America is largely driven by an increasing trend towards healthy food choices. A report from Mordor Intelligence underscores the growth of the global alternative sweetener market at a compound annual growth rate of 4.3% from 2020 to 2025, reflecting a rising consumer base seeking alternatives amidst growing diabetes and obesity concerns.

Oobli's product lineup, featuring milk and dark chocolates as well as a line of craft-brewed, low-sugar Sweet Teas, showcases the practical application of its sweet fruit protein innovations. The company's low-sugar milk chocolate bars, launched late last year, represent the first of their kind to eschew artificial sweeteners, available in four delightful varieties. Following the relaunch of its dark chocolates in February 2023 with an improved taste profile, Oobli continues to set new standards in the market.

Broadening Awareness and Adoption

Despite the transformative potential of sweet proteins, many consumers and industry executives remain uninformed about their nutritional profile and functionality. The FDA's recent acknowledgment could serve as a pivotal moment in changing this perception, elevating sweet proteins' profile as a viable and healthful alternative to traditional and alternative sweeteners.

As Oobli paves the way for a healthier future of sweetness, its journey underscores the importance of innovation, regulatory approval, and consumer education in shaping the food industry's evolution. With its FDA-backed sweet protein, Oobli is not just offering a new product but is leading a movement towards a more sustainable and health-conscious global diet.


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