Fibersol & Digestive Health
For a Healthy “Gut Feeling”
According to the National Digestive Diseases Information Clearinghouse, some 60 to 70 million Americans have digestive (gut) health issues. The demand for digestive health assistance is further driven by lifestyle choices—including diminished physical activity, stress, alcohol consumption and use of antibiotics/over-the-counter medications)—making gut health a top-ranking trend in the health and nutrition segments.
Focus on Fiber
Fiber continues to be one of the most recognized and sought-after ingredients for digestive health. Therefore, a significant opportunity exists for the food and beverage industry to create products that help promote digestive tract health.
Fibersol® is a corn-based, soluble fiber that can be used in many food applications to increase the fiber content of food products while helping consumers increase fiber intake. Fibersol®-2 can be incorporated with whole grains, legumes, probiotics and prebiotics to develop products that are better for the consumer and aid in maintaining a healthy digestive system.
How Fiber Affects Gut Health
Soluble dietary fibers may provide less overall (but still significant) bulk, regardless of whether low or high in viscosity, compared to insoluble fibers. However, they can also affect intestinal health positively by fostering the growth of beneficial bacteria and/or promoting laxation. Fibersol-2 has been shown to help maintain intestinal regularity while being gentler in producing fermentation off-gas and GI discomfort compared to other added fibers.
The formulation benefits of Fibersol-2 include minimal viscosity; no added flavor, taste, or color; and low hygroscopicity in dry formulations. It is a highly concentrated form of dietary fiber that is highly water-soluble and forms a clear solution. Fibersol-2 is also heat-, acid-, shear- and freeze/thaw-stable, and it maintains its fiber content under those conditions, thus allowing for ultimate formulation and food-processing versatility. Enhanced positive organoleptic attributes are reported for Fibersol-2, including improved mouthfeel and bitterness masking, but it contributes no flavor of its own. The potential gut health benefits of Fibersol-2 may help support structure-function claims in qualifying finished products.
Formulators looking to assist consumers with maintaining good intestinal health need look no further than Fibersol-2 for all of their digestive health formulation needs. Give consumers their best gut feeling with the Fibersol line of soluble dietary fiber ingredients.