Soluble dietary fibre

Dietary fibres are natural carbohydrate polymers with a degree of polymerisation ≥3. They are neither digested nor absorbed in the small intestine.
Possible sources of dietary fibres are mainly natural foods as consumed (fruits, cereals), food raw materials processed by physical, enzymatic or chemical means or synthetic carbohydrate polymers.

Soluble fibres (Actilight® scFOS, pectins, guar gum, oat bran, several kinds of hemicellulose, inulin) are forming more or less viscous water solutions or gels.

Insoluble fibres (resistant starch, cellulose, wheat bran, several kinds of hemicellulose) form a suspension in water and can contain an important volume of water. Insoluble fibres have traditionally been used as bulking or texturing agents in food manufacturing.

Prebiotic fibres are found only among soluble fibres, and not all of them are prebiotic. As for insoluble fibres, they can only have an effect on intestinal transit.

In industrialised countries, changes in food habits (decrease of fruit and vegetables consumption) and the refining of cereals have reduced by half the consumption of dietary fibres during the last century. The average consumption of fibres in Europe is today between 15 and 20g, while the recommended daily intake is of 30g.




FOS and maltitol lower glycaemic response


A scientific study published in March in the European Journal of Clinical Nutrition demonstrates the benefits of the usage of maltitol and short chain fructo-oligosaccharides (FOS from sucrose) to lower postprandial glycaemic response and reduce insulin release when replacing sugars in sugar-free de ...
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FOS from sucrose allowed in Infant Formulae in China


The National Health and Family Planning Commission of China now authorises Actilight® short chain Fructo-oligosaccharides from sucrose as a permitted substance for fortification in Infant Formulae. Actilight® is a non viscous, instant soluble fiber with a taste profile similar to suc ...
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Digestive tolerance and sugars reduction


FOS and polyols such as maltitol are frequently used, alone or in combination, in energy-reduced or sugar-reduced food formulations. According to a recent clinical study led by Tereos Syral with Biofortis, the combination ...
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Actilight® at Vitafoods 2013


We will be glad to inform you about Actilight® at Vitafoods exhibition in Geneva from 14 ...
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High fibre, high protein cranberries biscuit


Delicious high fibre and high protein biscuits can be formulated with Actilight® FOS and Meripro® soluble wheat proteins. The laminated biscuits with cranberries designed by Tereos Syral contain 6.2g/100g of fibre and 20g/100g of protein, protein bringing 20% of ener ...
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