Health benefits of NUTRIOSE soluble fibre recognised by the European Commission

Published: 12-Jul-2016

It’s official: the EC has authorised the food industry to promote the health benefits of NUTRIOSE for oral health and the glycaemic response

Two new health claims for NUTRIOSE have just been published in the Official Journal of Implementing Regulation (EU) 2016/854.

These confirm that NUTRIOSE soluble fibre contributes to the maintenance of tooth mineralisation by reducing tooth demineralisation; and also by inducing lower postprandial glycaemic responses.

The two authorised claims pertain to non-fermentable carbohydrates (oral health) on the one hand and non-digestible carbohydrates (reduction of glycemic response) on the other. Both are achieved by NUTRIOSE soluble fibre. They have been authorised in connection with Article 13(1) pertaining to generic claims applicable to all.

The health benefits are backed by the results of eight clinical studies conducted in four parts of the world. The quality and scientific rigour of the Roquette Group have been acknowledged by experts on the Dietetic Products, Nutrition and Allergies panel of the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA).

The ingredient incorporates nutritional assets that are essential for food manufacturers. A non-viscous soluble fibre with a neutral taste, NUTRIOSE is obtained from cereals (wheat and corn) and is classified as a food ingredient. It can be easily used to improve the nutritional profile of a wide range of foodstuffs. In addition, it offers outstanding digestive tolerance.

In accordance with Article 10(3) of the European Regulation (EC) No. 1924/2006, the health benefits of NUTRIOSE soluble fibre can be indicated on end-product packaging provided that it respects the usage conditions and includes the authorised health benefit claim.

For example, in the case of a biscuit with reduced sugars obtained with NUTRIOSE, the package may indicate: 'Reduced blood glucose impact,' provided that 30% of the sugars usually used in these biscuits are substituted with NUTRIOSE. At the same time, it must quote the official claim: 'Consumption of foods/drinks containing NUTRIOSE instead of sugars induces a lower blood glucose rise after their consumption compared with sugar-containing foods/drinks.'

This initiative confirms Roquette Group’s willingness to raise awareness about the importance of the health benefits of its NUTRIOSE soluble fibre for Europe and beyond. The benefits of the ingredient are already recognised in certain other parts of the world. In Canada, for example, NUTRIOSE soluble fibre recently obtained the status of 'dietary fibre.' In Korea, the Korean Food and Drug Administration (KFDA) has issued a favourable scientific opinion on the claim related to the prebiotic aspect of NUTRIOSE.

Roquette adopts a proactive approach to the support, promotion and demonstration of its products’ health benefits. The group’s priority is innovation in the service of customers and consumer health.

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