SYRAL introduced a prototype of cereal bar which could support weight maintenance, containing soluble wheat proteins, maltitol and FOS. Sugars reduced, high protein, high fibre: the nutrition profile of this food matrix should enable a satiety claim related to the protein content.
SYRAL has recently presented a concept of high protein cereal bar designed for weight management, using its soluble wheat protein MERIPROTM as a binder to replace part of the glucose. Proteins in this bar bring more than 20% of total energy. No significant change was found in taste and texture. MALTILITE® maltitol successfully replaced sugars in order to meet regulatory requirements for health claims: containing only 5g of sugars per 100g, the cereal bar fits the nutritional profile as proposed by the EU regulation. With its healthy image, it is a good food matrix for the nutrition claims enabled by the recipe (“high fibre", “reduced sugars”, “high protein”), but also for potential health claims:
- “Satiety” from proteins
- “Prebiotic” from Actilight® sc-FOS
The combination of proteins and prebiotics aims at preserving consumer’s health and well-being.
Both fibres and proteins have a proven effect on satiety. However, low carbohydrates diets can be harmful to the balance of the intestinal microflora, when used too often or during a long period of time. Adding prebiotic fibres such as scFOS to high protein foodstuffs is a good solution to combine weight management and gut health.