FOS60: Making digestive health more affordable than ever

Backed by widespread evidence attesting to FOS health benefits, soluble nutritional fibers with prebiotic effects are proving increasingly popular in both the food and animal feed industries. We talked with Iftach Asher, who, having returned from 3 years in Barcelona as General Manager Galam Iberia, is now in charge of Galam's FOS project in Israel.

What is Fructooligosaccharide?
Fructooligosaccharides (FOS) are soluble nutritional fibers, with important prebiotic digestive health benefits when incorporated into the human and animal diets.

How has Galam entered into the FOS arena?
Leveraging our expert knowledge in sweetening, Galam has developed a very cost-effective method of manufacturing FOS. The outcome of this enzymatic process is a high quality FOS60 syrup, at a very competitive price-point.

Which regions do you consider to be most relevant for FOS60?
FOS60 is relevant to every region. The US market is emerging, while the EU has more developed usage. However, the same market forces that promote the use of FOS exist worldwide. In the food industry we see the preference for healthy living, driving high-fiber, low glycemic loads and reduced calorie labeling. In animal feed the trend is to reduce costs, as well as eliminate the use of antibiotics. Since the emergence of prebiotic ingredients an increasingly number of countries have banned the use of antibiotics in animal feed, with many others now phasing out the use of antibiotics in animal nutrition.

Based on these trends what benefits can FOS60 offer the food and feed industries?
FOS benefits range from increased concentration of intestinal flora, to repressed growth of pathogenic bacteria that cause intestine diseases, increased production of beneficial metabolites and improved overall immune system functioning. For human consumption, FOS60 enriched soluble dietary fiber is mainly used in dairy products, nutritional bars, premium morning cereals and more. Beyond the extensive digestive benefits mentioned, FOS, as a soluble dietary fiber has been reported to improve satiety. As dietary fibers FOS contributes only 50% calories when compared to sugars, maltodextrins or regular starches. The product's sweet taste also improves the taste quality of animal feed products.

Why should manufacturers consider FOS60 as opposed to other high fiber ingredients?
In addition to the competitive pricing of FOS60, the product offers manufacturers' significant flexibility. FOS60 is colorless, non-aromatic, has a sweet flavor and carries a 3 month shelf life from the date of production. In addition, the liquid format also allows for a more streamlined manufacturing process.

Achieving fine particle, free flow fructose: Myth or Reality?

The latest Galam white paper discusses the challenges in integrating fine particle crystalline fructose in the food and beverage manufacturing process; raising the question is fine particle, free flow crystalline fructose an achievable reality?

Until now, producers of food and beverages using fructose in powder or liquid form, have been faced with only two alternatives: Either purchase and store fructose in small amounts, or procure a larger granular size which consumes more energy and time and will not achieve homogeneity when combined with other products. The white paper presents the unique solution created by Galam scientists to resolve this dilemma for manufacturers. Galam specialists have developed a technologically advanced packing solution that not only maintains the purity of Galam's high quality fructose in small particle-delivery but also prevents caking, one of the most common manufacturing challenges.
*For more information on Galam's fine particle fructose solution contact Ricky Matias:

Eurosweet Galam Launches Liquid Polydextrose

To learn more about Galam's Polydextrose offering we spoke with Harald Stielau, Senior Sales Manager for Eurosweet GmbH, Galam's subsidiary in Germany.

As a synthetic polymer of glucose, what are the benefits of Polydextrose?

Polydextrose as a food ingredient permits calorie-reduction as well as being classified as a soluble fiber by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Its main application is that of fat, starch and/or or sugar replacement, while also being used as a humectant and thickening agent.

Polydextrose's carbohydrate heritage ensures that endproducts are unchanged in terms of crunchiness, texture, body, mouthfeel and bulk.

Typical current industrial applications range from bakery, desserts, candies and salad dressings, to cereals, sport nutrition products and beverages.

With a low percentage of digestible sugars (0,5% - 6% depending on type), relatively high viscosity, light colour and a neutral taste, polydextrose is an ideal option for reduced-sugar recipes without changing end product characteristics.

  What does Galam's liquid Polydextrose offer the food and beverage industry?

Galam's polydextrose satisfies all the expected international quality levels. We ensure vetted and reliable ingredient sources and consistently light color minimizing the effect on the final product.

Having developed polydextrose as a liquid solution, manufacturers can benefit from homogenous blending without any of the inherent polydextrose dissolving challenges. With this latest offering, we've secured a quality and convenient product at a very reasonable price-point for all our customers throughout Europe and beyond.

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