Danish food ingredients firm Danisco has introduced a low-fat alternative to traditional fats used in food manufacturing.

Benefat, the registered trademark for salatrim – an acronym for short- and long-chain acyl triglyceride molecules – is based on fat, tastes like fat and functions like fat, yet delivers just five calories per gram and 55% of the fat content of traditional fats, Danisco said.

The company said Benefat has already been successfully used in a variety of applications including snacks, confectionery and baked goods, and Danisco has now developed formulations for a variety of dairy-based dips, sauces and salad dressings, including ranch dips and reduced fat mayonnaise. Danisco said Benefat also contains no trans fat or cholesterol.