A new EU regulation on health claims for non-digestible carbohydrates in improving glycaemic response has now been made official.
The new legislation was passed by the EU Commission on 30 May 2016.
The new health claim confirms that chicory root fibre contributes to better blood glucose management, as it supports a lower rise in blood glucose response. Scientific evidence jointly submitted to the EU’s European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) by Sensus and other chicory root fibre manufacturers prompted the change in regulation.
Food and beverage products containing chicory root fibre instead of sugars induce a lower blood glucose rise after consumption, compared with sugar-containing foods and drinks. Now that the claim has been approved, food manufacturers have the opportunity to communicate general health-related claims on products made with chicory root fibre, such as 'Keeping your blood sugar low' or 'More balanced blood glucose rise.'
The officially approved health claim for chicory root fibre is one of several that are under consideration.