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MAY-JUN 2019

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naturalproductsinsider . com 11 support increased calcium absorption 7 . Luchsinger said more than 20 years of research—including over 34 human studies and several in vitro studies—have demonstrated the benefi cial effects of scFOS on human digestive and immune health. Kyle Krause, product manager, functional fi ber and carbohydrates, North America, BENEO, said consumers associate digestive health, regularity and feeling fuller for longer as the main benefi ts provided by fi ber. He said more than 30 studies have demonstrated consumption of BENEO's chicory root fi ber (as Orafti ® Inulin and Orafti Oligofructose) infl uences gut microbiota composition and results in higher counts of Bifi dobacteria, supporting digestive health as well as bowel regularity 8 . In addition to supporting digestive health and wellness 9 , Krause said chicory root also offers several benefi ts including supporting blood sugar management 10 and inner resistance. 11 Guar fi ber (as Sunfi ber, from Taiyo) has been demonstrated to promote regularity of bowel movements, 12 help promote the benefi cial bacteria in the gut, 13 and help improve symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome (IBS). 14 "One of the most surprising and well-studied discoveries is the role of prebiotics in enhancing calcium absorption to improve bone mineral density," 15 said Nicole Durch, senior technical service specialist, Cargill. "Since the early 2000s, researchers have been demonstrating how prebiotics can help boost calcium absorption." 16,17,18,19 Studies have also focused on the impact of prebiotics in the early markers of cardiovascular and metabolic diseases. For example, scientists in France and Belgium, using an original mouse model, demonstrated that inulin-type fructans may improve host endothelial dysfunction, an early key marker of cardiovascular disease (CVD), through changes in the gut microbiota. 20 "These fi ndings, if replicated in humans, could support positioning prebiotics as a novel dietary approach to the management of metabolic disorders related to cardiovascular disease," Durch noted. Almonds have long stood out as a nutrient-packed superfood that can fi ll a variety of needs and keep pace with the latest consumer trends. "Currently, we are seeing a lot of interest in almond ingredients, such as almond fl our and almond protein powder, as manufacturers increasingly look for fi ber-rich alternatives they can leverage to create better-for-you versions of popular products or recipes," said Jeff Smith, director of marketing, Blue Diamond Almonds Global Ingredients Division. Comprised primarily of insoluble fi ber, almond protein powder can be a good source of dietary fi ber utilized for snack bars and fortifi ed smoothies and shakes. "In addition to being gluten free, Food & Beverage: Better-for-You Fiber VDOHV#QXWUDPD[FRPZZZQXWUDPD[FRP [Blue Diamond's] Almond Protein Powder is dairy-free, soy-free and non-GMO (genetically modifi ed organism), making it well-suited for consumers with a range of dietary needs," Smith added. Almond and almond ingredients also can be go-to ingredients for consumers who adhere to a low-FODMAP (fermentable oligosaccharides, disaccharides, monosaccharides and polyols) diet, which provides many benefi ts for people with common digestive conditions, Smith said. His company's almond fl our is naturally gluten free and provides 3.5 g of fi ber in every quarter-cup serving along with protein, calcium and vitamin E—nutrients often lacking in baked goods. Fiber's Role in Sugar Reduction Due to the global obesity epidemic, nearly all forms of sweeteners are under scrutiny. Heightened attention to sugar intake—coupled with consumer demand for ingredients that are natural, sustainable and healthful—is forcing brands to rethink ingredient selection and seek ingredients to reduce sugar. Also at issue is the new "Added Sugars" declaration required on the updated Nutrition Facts panel, which will encourage further innovation in reduced-sugar product development. Chicory root fi ber (as Oliggo-Fiber ® , from Cargill) can be used in reduced-sugar products to provide functional properties such as helping to modulate the fl avor of some high-intensity sweeteners and acting as a bulking agent when removing sugar from a formulation. It provides a clean label sugar-reduction solution that doesn't affect taste or texture.

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