Ingredient Round-Up: June 2008 - Fiber

June's Ingredient Round Up gets to the bulk of healthy eating with Fiber.

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Derived from cellulose
Fortefiber Soluble Dietary Fiber is a versatile new product that delivers proven health benefits in addition to being a source of fiber. Derived from cellulose, it is ideal for use in certain food and nutritional supplement formulations. This product is non-fermentable, non-allergenic and provides several health benefits such as maintaining normal levels of blood glucose, cholesterol and insulin in healthy people. Its uses range from liquid to hard form products, and it is ideal for use in high-selling consumer items such as energy bars, cookies, biscuits, candy and supplements in chewable or tablet form.
Dow Chemical Co.; Midland Mich.
800-258-2436;
www.dow.com



Soluble corn fiber
Typical diets in the U.S. do not meet recommendations for daily intake of fiber. Promitor Soluble Corn Fiber offers manufacturers a real opportunity to help consumers boost their fiber intake with innovative products that deliver the right texture and all the taste people expect from their favorite brands. A prebiotic fiber that is well tolerated and has a low glycemic response, it will help manufacturers add fiber to a wide range of foods and beverages including cereal coatings, snacks, soups, sauces and dressings, jams, fillings, puddings, confectionery, beverages and dairy products.
Tate and Lyle PLC; Decatur, Ill.
800-526-5728;
www.tateandlyle.com



Cholesterol management

The vendor’s Vegapure natural plant sterols are featured in a cholesterol-management system in gourmet snack bars and a premium extra-virgin olive oil. The Kardea Nutrition end-products use soluble fiber and Vegapure plant sterols to alter cholesterol absorption and metabolism. The system was built around the Mediterranean diet, and has been shown to reduce LDL (bad) cholesterol and raise HDL (good) cholesterol.
Cognis Nutrition; LaGrange, Ill.
800-673-3702;
www.cognis.com


Barley gets the health claim
Barliv barley beta-glucan (barley betafiber) is a concentrated soluble fiber derived from barley. Clinical data show it has cholesterol-lowering properties similar to oats. Several studies also show its ability to improve “metabolic syndrome,” a group of risk factors for cardiovascular disease, including abdominal obesity, elevated serum triglycerides, low HDL (good) cholesterol, blood pressure of 130/85 or higher and elevated fasting blood glucose. Earlier this year, it won interim approval from the FDA to use the soluble fiber health claim for reduced risk of heart disease.
Cargill Health & Nutrition; Minneapolis
866-456-8872;
www.cargillhft.com



Doesn’t act like fiber
Fibersol-2 digestion-resistant maltodextrin is a soluble dietary fiber that doesn’t act like one. It doesn’t affect the taste of foods and doesn’t leave clear or transparent beverages cloudy or gritty. It also has rapid dispersion, very low viscosity, low sweetness and is acid, heat/retort and freeze/thaw stable. It’s water-binding, improves body and texture and is kosher and parve.
ADM; Decatur, Ill.
www.admworld.com



Oat beta-glucans
Featuring 55 percent oat soluble fiber beta-glucans, UltraTrim Oat Bran provides opportunities for formulators to incorporate high concentrations of this healthy oat fiber into products and formulations that require smaller ingredient percentages. This product is especially ideal for encapsulation or tableting, but also formulates well in smoothies, soups, stews, ice cream and bars.
FutureCeuticals Inc.; Momence, Ill.
888-452-6853;
www.futureceuticals.com

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