1. Q: How can Fibersol®-HS be incorporated into a bakery application?
A: Fibersol®-HS can be incorporated into many applications with minimal formulation adjustments. Fibersol®-HS is generally incorporated by reducing approximately half the amount of sucrose, and half to the entire amount of liquid honey in a bakery application. Fibersol®-HS is easily dry-blended with other dry ingredients, such as sucrose and flour. Reduced-calorie bakery applications can be achieved when using Fibersol®-HS.
2. Q: What type of claims can be made by incorporating Fibersol®-HS into foods and beverages?
A: Factors such as the amount of total fat, saturated fat, cholesterol and sodium in the finished food must be taken into account to allow a nutrient content claim. Standard of identity must be properly maintained when incorporating Fibersol®-HS into any application and additional qualifications will apply.
In order to make a “good source/10%+ Daily Value” of fiber claim, 3.4 grams of Fibersol®-HS must be used in order to reach the 2.5 gram amount needed, assuming Fibersol®-HS is the sole source of dietary fiber in the application.
In order to make an “excellent source/20+% Daily Value” of fiber claim, 6.7 grams of Fibersol®-HS must be used in order to reach the 5.0 gram amount needed, assuming Fibersol®-HS is the sole source of dietary fiber in the application.
3. Q: How can the Fibersol®-HS calculator help in formulation development?
A: The Fibersol®-HS calculator has been built to show formulators how to incorporate Fibersol®-HS into an established formulation in order to increase the fiber content of a finished product. The calculator goes through two easy steps to understand the amount of Fibersol®-HS to be used in the formulation. By following the steps and inputting the values of the amount of fiber desired along with the serving size of the finished product, a quick calculation is performed and the amount of Fibersol®-HS to be incorporated into the formula is given as a percentage. In addition, the possible fiber claim is given in the output; please refer to CFR Title 21 Database when making claims.
4. Q: Is Fibersol®-HS heat stable?
A: Fibersol®-HS very heat stable. Fibersol®-HS maintains fiber content during thermal processing and/or acidic conditions.
5. Q: Does Fibersol®-HS maintain clarity in beverage formulations?
A: Fibersol®-HS forms a clear solution, thus allowing for clarity in the finished product.
6. Q: Does Fibersol®-HS brown in high heat processing?
A: Fibersol®-HS does undergo minimal caramelization in thermal processing similar to other carbohydrate ingredients.
7. Q: Why use Fibersol®-HS in food and beverage products?
A: Most U.S. adults eat only about 14-16 grams of fiber each day, which is about half of the 28-35 grams recommended by the Institute of Medicine (Bialostosky K, et al. Dietary intake of macronutrients, micronutrients and other dietary constituents: United States 1988-94. National Center for Health Statistics. Vital Health Stat. 11 (245). 2002.) The IOM Food and Nutrition Board has recommended that fiber be consumed at a rate of 14g total/ 1000 kcals per day to reduce the risk of chronic disease. Recommendations for adult men are 30-38 grams total fiber/day and 21-25 grams total fiber/day for adult women (IOM, 2005). By incorporating Fibersol®-HS into well-liked food and beverage products, overall dietary fiber consumption can be increased.
8. Q: Can Fibersol®-HS be suitable for use in “All-Natural” designations and applications?
A: In the U.S., the Food and Drug Administration does not define “natural” except for colors and flavors. Fibersol®-2 is naturally sourced from corn, and is processed by roasting under acidic conditions and enzymatic treatment. The other ingredients in Fibersol®-HS are natural honey and purified steviol glycosides.