Inulin Finally Wins EU Health Claims
One of Sweet Rebellion’s ingredients is inulin, also known as chicory root fibre, and this week it was announced that inulin/oligofructose has won a health claim that it can help control blood glucose levels as well as a more general claim that it offers a ‘lower and more balanced blood glucose rise’. Inulin and oligofructose, also called fructo-oligosaccharides, belong to the class of fructan carbohydrates.
The full claim reads ‘consumption of food containing inulin/oligofructose instead of sugars induces a lower blood glucose rise after their consumption compared to sugar-containing foods’. This may sound rather petty but it is one of the first steps in a change from the EU attacking the consumption of calories to that of sugar.
Chicory root fibre is an important tool in the war on obesity and in trials carried out at Imperial College London and the University of Glasgow, the product played an important part in the area of glycaemic control by suppressing appetite by around 15% in controlled groups. This confirms what has been known for a long while that foods containing inulin can actually help people to lose weight.
Our inulin is a prebiotic, soluble dietary fibre and it not only helps stimulate good gut bacteria but also gives our Sweet Rebellion a great taste and lovely texture.
This is a fantastic step forward to a world that can become less dependent upon white sugar and where greater use of naturally sweetened products plays a functional role in everyday foods.