Roquette has received approval from the European Commission to market its Nutriose soluble fibre ingredient for its benefits on oral health and glycaemic response.
Specifically, the health claims recognised by the commission were that Nutriose contributes to the maintenance of tooth mineralisation by reducing tooth demineralisation, and that it induces lower glycaemic response after eating.
Both claims relate to the Nutriose ingredient and pertain to non-fermentable carbohydrates and non-digestible carbohydrates respectively.
Nutriose incorporates nutritional assets essential for food manufacturers. A non-viscous
soluble fibre with a neutral taste, the ingredient is obtained from cereals and can be used to improve the nutritional profile of a wide range of foodstuffs, as well as offering an outstanding digestive tolerance, the French company said.
The news means that biscuits with reduced sugars obtained using Nutriose may print on pack a claim such as “reduced blood glucose impact” provided that 30% of the sugar usually used in these biscuits are substituted with Nutriose.
At the same time it must quote the official claim that “consumption of foods and drinks containing Nutriose instead of sugars induces a lower blood glucose rise after their consumption compared to sugar-containing foods and drinks.”
Roquette argued that the announcement validated its decision to earlier advocate use of ingredients such as Nutriose as a means of reducing the extent of a blood glucose response from foods containing sugar.
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