Health Canada permits fiber labeling of polydextrose

By Elaine WATSON

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Health Canada permits fiber labeling of polydextrose
Health Canada has officially recognized polydextrose as a source of dietary fiber in food and beverages.

The decision, effective immediately, was based on studies using Litesse polydextrose from DuPont/Danisco, claimed DuPont Nutrition & Health health platform leader Michael Bond.

These studies demonstrated a positive impact on digestive health, in particular the production of energy-yielding metabolites during colonic fermentation, and improved bowel function.”

He added:“Polydextrose has a special ability to help consumers raise their fiber intake without compromising their enjoyment of the food they eat."

Polydextrose is well tolerated at a consumption level of up to 90g a day – which is far higher than the average daily intake of 25-38g that Health Canada recommends, said Bond.

Thanks to its neutral flavor along with high solubility and stability, it can also be used to add fiber without negatively impacting taste or texture or adding lots of calories (it has 1kcal/g), he said.

Prebiotic and satiating effects

While its status as a fiber has been disputed in some markets, polydextrose has the structural and physiological properties of fiber, and has also been shown to have prebiotic and satiating effects.

These benefits combined with its low calorie status, non-cariogenic and low-GI (glycemic index) credentials, make it appealing for manufacturers looking to reformulate products and make high fiber, low calorie and no added sugar claims.

It is also acid stable, which means it can be used in juices, dairy products and fruit preparations.

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