Hydrocolloid company TIC Gums has launched a new natural gum system derived from vegetables for use to fortify foods and beverages with dietary fibre.
TIC Gums recently introduced TIC Pretested Inulin LV-100 powder, a polymer of Beta-D-fructofuranose, for use in products ranging from meal replacement bars to functional beverages.
Inulin LV-100, a naturally occurring dietary fibre that can be extracted from chicory root and isolated from vegetables such as asparagus and artichokes, is an all-natural, prebiotic ingredient. There is currently a body of scientific evidence that suggests that inulin can delay the growth of pathogens in the intestinal tract, aid in the absorption of nutrients like calcium, magnesium and iron, and provide a valuable source of dietary fibre. In addition, inulin may be beneficial to diabetics and others with insulin-related problems, because of its low glycemic index.
TIC Gums claims that from a functional standpoint, TIC Pretested Inulin LV-100 is well suited for use in products like high protein sports bars because the ingredient's high solubility in water allows the products to better retain their shape and integrity, and also help extend shelf life and reduce flavour problems. It can also be added to high fibre beverages.
The product is sold as a white, free-flowing powder, has a low viscosity (15-30 cP), representing a level of 15 per cent, and is classified by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) as Generally Recognised as Safe (GRAS) for use in foods and beverages.