2014 Ingredients for Health Reference – Digestive Health
Prepared Foods and its NutraSolutions brand present this annual “Ingredients for Health” reference. It offers market data and information about commercially available ingredients that assist developers and formulators with products that target various health benefits. From ingredients such as chia seed and red tomato for antioxidant supplementation, to the colors, flavors and textures that make nutraceutical products attractive and palatable, this section offers a comprehensive range of new offerings.
The categories are as follows:
- Antioxidants for Health
- Bone & Joint Health
- Cardiovascular Health
- Cognitive Health
- Diabetic Benefits
- Digestive Health
- Energy and/or Sports Performance
- Eye Health
- Immunity Enhancement
- Weight Management
- General Health
Digestive health has long been one of the major drivers of the functional foods market, globally. However, probiotic products, one of the key areas, recently have come under pressure from regulatory difficulties with regard to claims in some parts of the world, particularly the EU. The number of global food and drink launches marketed on a specific digestive or gut health platform continued to rise significantly in 2012, however, and dairy products continued to dominate with a 44% share, led by yogurt with a 26% share, and drinking yogurts and fermented beverages with just under 14%. An associated area of interest in digestive health is that of fiber content, although products positioned on a high-fiber, source-of-fiber or added-fiber platform may or may not use specific digestive or gut health claims. Cereal products (breakfast cereals and cereal bars) and bakery products were the leading users of fiber-related claims, accounting for over half the total between them, with 27.3% of claims used on cereal products and 23.8% on bakery products. Other leading users of this type of claim include ready meals (9.8% of the total), fruit and vegetable products, and snacks (7.2% each).
–Lu Ann Williams, Innova Market Insights,
Strong Prebiotic Fiber
Fibregum is an all-natural and GMO-free source of soluble dietary fiber with a guaranteed minimum content of 90%. Clinical studies have demonstrated the numerous health benefits of Fibregum and its prebiotic properties. The unique progressive fermentation of Fibregum by beneficial intestinal micro flora improves digestive health with no negative side effects. Fibregum is suitable to most food and nutraceutical applications and can also bring positive technical benefits. Fibregum is the perfect natural solution to meet processors’ clean label requirements.
–Nexira Inc., 908-707-9400
Teresa Yazbek, vice president-Americas
Health Canada approved Taiyo’s Sunfiber as a dietary fiber source. The approval was based on clearly demonstrated safety and clinical evidence that the addition of Sunfiber (partially hydrolyzed guar gum) to foods, results in more than 20% reduction in postprandial blood glucose levels. “While there have been a select number of soluble fibers recently approved by Health Canada, Sunfiber is a galactomannan-based fiber (as opposed to a sugar/starch based fiber) that allows product formulators to bring the benefits of this truly regulating fiber to consumers who are looking for a unique, more comfortable fiber source,” says Taiyo Vice President Dr. Lekh Juneja. “Its reduced incidence of gas and bloating, as well as its healthy satiety effect, offers consumers the real benefits of dietary fiber consumption, without the discomfort people commonly experience when trying to increase their daily fiber intake.” Sunfiber is a soluble, transparent and tasteless dietary fiber. It is low in viscosity, improves stability of beverages at various pH levels, and is resistant to heat, acid and digestive enzymes. Sunfiber is certified Kosher, 100% gluten-free, vegetarian and non-GMO.
–Taiyo International Inc., 763-398-3003
Ganeden Biotech’s functional probiotic ingredient, GanedenBC30 (Bacillus coagulans GBI-30, 6086), is a patented, organism that can be found in more than 80 leading food, beverage and companion animal products throughout the world. Unlike most other probiotic strains used in food and beverages, GanedenBC30 is highly stable and can remain viable through processing, shelf life and the low pH of stomach acid. The efficacy of GanedenBC30 is backed by 17 published studies. GanedenBC30 has an exceptional safety record and FDA GRAS status from the United States Food and Drug Administration. It can be formulated into virtually any product that is baked, boiled, squeezed or frozen.
—Ganeden Biotech, 440-229-5200
Michael Bush, Info@ganedenbiotech.com
Probiotic Restores Gut Health
DuPont Danisco probiotic cultures are scientifically proven to help keep the digestive system running smoothly. HOWARU Restore II is a probiotic formulation combining top-quality lactobacilli and bifidobacteria strains to address gut stress episodes. This clinically-studied formulation demonstrates documented efficacy in strengthening gut health. The HOWARU Restore II formulation is designed to provide 50% (by count) of those bacteria that are adapted to the upper intestine—specifically the Lactobacillus species:L. acidophilus NCFM and L. paracasei Lpc-37. The remaining 50% (by count) is provided by Bifidobacterium species, which are adapted to the lower intestinal tract. These strains are B. lactis Bi-07 and B. lactis Bl-04.
—DuPont Nutrition & Health, 800-255-6837, ext. 2640
Soluble, Prebiotic Fiber
NUTRAFLORA is a soluble, prebiotic fiber that provides a beneficial physiological effect on the host by selectively stimulating the growth and/or activity of beneficial bacteria. It is a gentle, well tolerated prebiotic fiber that has published studies supporting digestive health claims at very low dose levels. As an invisible ingredient when added to foods and beverages, NUTRAFLORA is stable in most processing conditions including pasteurization, batch cooking, retorting, baking, extrusion shear (pumping, mixing, homogenization) and drying, making it ideal for an extensive array of foods and beverages. This unique prebiotic fiber ingredient has other functional benefits including enhancing flavors, having a clean sweet profile (30% sweetness of sugar), round and extend the sweetness profile of high intensity sweeteners, does not participate in Maillard browning, provides freezing point control, provides fat-mimetic properties, does not contribute to viscosity and can enhance the mouthfeel and creaminess of low fat/fat free dairy products.
Santiago Vega, Senior Manager of Nutrition
Pomanox is a pomegranate ingredient that appeals to food processors because of the natural origin of the pomegranate polyphenols, Punicalagins [PN]. Pomanox also is solvent free and certified organic. Punicalagins are the most important polyphenols in the pomegranate fresh fruit (rather than ellagic acid). Punicalagins also are much more bioavailable than ellagic acid. Several in-vitro and pre-clinical tests conducted on Pomanox that further demonstrates the benefits to gut flora and for promoting normal gastrointestinal function.
—Pharmachem Laboratories Inc., 800-526-0609
Low-Allergen Plant Protein
Through a strategic partner, Jianyuan Foods, Farbest Brands now offers a plant protein that offers the protein content and versatility of soy with very low allergen content. Pea protein contains none of the eight major allergens listed by the FDA, and its extremely low-gluten content makes it easily digestible. Jianyuan pea protein is produced from non-GMO yellow peas grown in North America. Production features a chemical-free fermentation process that results in a clean flavor and a natural label. Pea protein is ideal for use in gluten-free products, nutrition products and other products where protein is needed and allergy is a concern.
—Farbest Brands, 201-573-4900
Lorna Samgour,email@example.com, www.farbest.com
Probiotics on the go
Chr. Hansen and partner, Biofarma, have introduced a convenient, drinkable probiotic shot in a user-friendly mini-bottle using the unique DRYCAP technology. This off-the-shelf shot is a healthy and tasty solution combining BB-12 and fiber. The companies launched this probiotic shot concept at the CPhI 2013 in Frankfurt, Germany. The probiotic shot contains Chr. Hansen’s flagship probiotic strain BB-12 Bifidobacterium, along with fiber in the form of fructo-oligosaccharides (FOS). The product, which can be promoted as a “2 in 1” or “dual action” product, addresses gastrointestinal function and irregularities. The combination comes in a 10 ml liquid shot format, a convenient dosage form for the health-conscious consumer who prefers to drink shots rather than swallow capsules or tablets. The probiotics are stored in an alu-blister, which is integrated into the mini-bottle cap, the patented DRYCAP from Biofarma. DRYCAP allows live probiotics in a dry environment, thereby preserving their documented health benefits.
—Chr. Hansen Inc., 705-719-0510
Luc Monbourquette, sales director, North America - Human Nutrition
Natural Fiber Source
NUTRIOSE, a soluble fiber of natural origin, is an invisible, safe, stable, prebiotic, and soluble fiber created by Roquette, the world leader in polyols and one of the top-ranked processors of starch globally. Developed to meet consumers’ demand for optimum nutrition in their food without having to sacrifice taste and convenience, NUTRIOSE fiber ingredients support digestibility and mouthfeel. Benefitting from an outstanding solubility and remarkable tolerance, NUTRIOSE is a healthy, convenient way to supplement fiber intake and is easy to use in applications, even at a high dose. Suitable for both food and beverage applications, NUTRIOSE can be used in virtually any process as a solution for fiber enrichment, weight management, sugar reduction, clean labeling, glycemic response, or as a prebiotic.
—Roquette America, 630-463-9430
Gina Steffensmeier, firstname.lastname@example.org
A recent scientific study further substantiates that BENEO’s OraftiSynergy1 (oligofructose-enriched inulin) in infant formula is safe and well-tolerated. This research also demonstrates a prebiotic effect in infants during the first four months after birth. The study was led by Dr. Ricardo Closa Monasterolo, director of the Neonatal Unit, Hospital University Joan XXIII of Tarragona, Spain. It was conducted at the university hospitals of Tarragona and Sant Joan de Reus in Spain. Study findings prove that neonates receiving a formula—supplemented with BENEO’s prebiotic fibre—showed a microflora composition close to that of breast-fed infants, with a higher proportion of bifidobacteria, softer stools and a higher deposition frequency compared to the control group receiving maltodextrin.
—BENEO Inc., 973-867-2140