Health Canada Approves MGP's Resistant Starches as Dietary Fiber Sources
The letter states in part: "After assessing the evidence submitted, we have concluded that the in vitro, animal and human studies provided support that your modified wheat starch products are non-digestible carbohydrates which produce energy-yielding metabolites through colonic fermentation. The demonstration of this effect is sufficient to accept your products as fiber sources."
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In recent years, the demand for fiber-enhanced foods has increased substantially. "This primarily is the result of heightened consumer interest in the specific benefits of fiber, which include digestive health, gut health, satiety, weight management, blood glucose and insulin control, reducing the risk of type 2 diabetes, cholesterol reduction, heart and bone health, boosting calcium absorption, strengthening immunity and helping reduce cancer risk," Dr. Maningat said.
Tests show Fibersym RW delivers a minimum 85 percent total dietary fiber while also lowering caloric content. It provides formulation convenience, particularly in commercial flour-based foods such as bread, buns, muffins, bagels, breakfast cereals, pasta and noodles, cookies, pastries, pizza crust and flour tortillas. Additionally, it has a low water-holding capacity that allows for enhanced crispness and ease in formulating higher levels of inclusion to achieve dietary fiber labeling benefits.
FiberRite RW performs as a partial fat replacer and also lowers caloric content in addition to increasing fiber levels. It can be used in food products as wide-ranging as yogurt, salad dressings, sandwich spreads, baked goods, sauces, crème and fruit fillings, confections and frozen desserts.
Both resistant starches possess a neutral flavor, exceptionally smooth texture and white color. "Because they are essentially flavor-free and invisible relative to traditional fiber sources such as cereal brans, they can be incorporated into any number of food systems without affecting the desired taste and appearance of the finished product," Dr. Maningat said.
MGP processes grain-based starches and proteins into nutritional and highly functional ingredients for the branded consumer packaged goods industry. The company is also a leading independent supplier of premium spirits, offering flavor innovations and custom distillery blends to the beverage alcohol industry, as well as high quality food grade industrial alcohol for a wide range of product applications. The company is headquartered in
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