Fructooligosaccharides, Inulin, Oligosaccharides

These natural extracts derived from the chicory root are prebiotic, soluble dietary fibers. They provide the nutritional properties needed to develop better for-you products, while also providing functional benefits such as improved texture, fat reduction, and partial sugar replacement.

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What is inulin?
Inulin is a carbohydrate that is present in tens of thousands of plants. It has been part of our daily diet for many hundreds of years. Since about 1985 inulin has been extracted on an industrial scale from chicory roots for use as a high quality food ingredient. The chemical composition of inulin extracted from chicory is: G(F)n, where n can vary from 2 to 60 (G=glucose, F=fructose). Inulin is therefore a compound of fructose oligosaccharide and polysaccharide chains, usually terminating in a glucose molecule. The fructose molecules are linked to each other by a β- (2→1) glycosidic bond.

Soluble dietary fiber
Neither the enzymes in the human digestive system nor our gastric juices are capable of breaking down the β-(2→1) bond between the fructose molecules in inulin. Inulin passes intact to the large intestine. It can therefore be classified as a dietary fiber. These ingredients are soluble dietary fibers that are colorless and have neutral taste they can be used as a fiber enricher in many foodstuffs without affecting their appearance or taste.