Consumers focused on digestive health are increasingly interested in prebiotics
Fibersol®, prebiotics and consumers
More and more consumers are acknowledging the importance of gut health, increasing the demand for products that enable good gut health. With a wide variety of foods and beverages applications lending themselves to the addition of prebiotics, consumers can find it easy to incorporate prebiotics into their diets. Dietary fiber that meets the definition of a prebiotic answers consumers’ desires for a holistic approach to digestive health.
What are prebiotics?
Prebiotics have been defined as ‘non-digestible food constituents that encourage growth of good beneficial bacteria within the gut that confer benefits.’
Are all dietary fibers also prebiotic?
Although all prebiotics are fiber, not all fiber is prebiotic.
To be classified as a prebiotic, a food ingredient must scientifically demonstrate that it:*
- Resists gastric acidity, hydrolysis by mammalian enzymes, and absorption in the upper gastrointestinal tract
- Is fermented by the intestinal microflora
- Selectively stimulates the growth and/or activity of intestinal bacteria potentially associated with health and well-being
∗“Fiber and Prebiotics: Mechanisms and Health Benefits”, Joanne Slavin, Department of Food Science and Nutrition, University of Minnesota, 1334 Eckles Avenue, St. Paul, MN 55344, USA. http://www.mdpi.com/2072-6643/5/4/1417/html
Fibersol® is included in the FDA’s dietary fiber definition as resistant maltodextrin/dextrin.