At Food Ingredients Europe (FIE), Paris, new brand name Nexira (a synergistic merger of CNI Colloides Internationale, Bio Serae Laboratories and NutriProcess Co.) introduced Fibregum Crystal Pure, a highly purified acacia gum which provides exceptional transparency with reduced turbidity. The unique functional attributes of this ingredient have been achieved through a proprietary process developed to protect the natural characteristics of the gum. Crystal Pure can be used to create cost-effective functional beverages with high-fiber and low-calorie content.
Fibregum provides food manufacturers solutions for extending brand labels and/or developing new food products containing fiber. And, Fibregum is the first and only acacia gum approved as a fiber source by Health Canada. The Fibregum product line offers an all-natural, GMO-free source of 90% soluble fiber (on a dry-weight basis) that also is available in organic grades. Fibregum has been successfully formulated in a wide selection of food applications where it can enhance mouthfeel and flavor release. It is a non-digestible, high-molecular-weight polysaccharide, purified through technology that involves no chemical processing or enzymatic modification. Among its technical advantages, it is odorless, colorless and flavorless. It is a free-flowing powder with high and instant solubility in water (at room temperature).
Fibregum has low viscosity and hygroscopicity, enabling high-fiber claims, and possesses enhanced stability through extreme processes (pH, heat, yeast fermentation) and storage conditions. It can improve moisture stabilization, thus improving shelflife, and can act as a bulking agent to replace digestible carbohydrates. And, it offers the ability to formulate low-calorie products, as its energy value has been scientifically estimated between 1.3 and 1.8 kcal/g.
Numerous health and nutrition benefits are associated with Fibregum. Its fermentation in the large bowel increases levels of beneficial bacteria, which stimulates the production of short-chain fatty acids (SCFAs) that have such properties as lowering serum cholesterol. Fibregum is a strong prebiotic at 6, 10 and 15g, helping to balance the intestinal microbial ecosystem in the distal colon. It also exhibits digestive tolerance at dosages up to 50g/day, due to a progressive colonic fermentation pattern. As a non-digestible carbohydrate, Fibregum has a Glycemic Index of virtually zero, making it an ideal ingredient for use in products for diabetics. Fibregum resists hydrolysis by salivary enzymes and local flora, making it non-cariogenic.
In Europe and Canada, Fibregum is a traditional food ingredient (not a food additive) and has GRAS status in the U.S.