Long-chain arabinoxylan derived from wheat has potential prebiotic activity and may complement the effects of inulin, an established prebiotic fiber, according to new data from Belgium and the Netherlands.
UK-based ingredients giant Tate & Lyle has dipped into its independent €30+m venture capital fund to the tune of €3.5m to partner with a Belgian start-up researching the gut health and antioxidant properties of bran fibres.
Cosucra Groupe Warcoing is seeking to press home the message that pea protein can be used in place of milk protein, reflecting a trend that has picked up speed in the ingredients sector in the light of high dairy prices.
Two low doses of the prebiotic inulin every day can efficiently boost levels of beneficial gut bacteria, and reduce levels of an enzyme linked to colon cancer, says a new study sponsored by Belgium's Cosucra.
Cosucra's change of direction from sugar into the healthy inulin and oligofructose market looks to be paying off, as the Belgian company is recognised by Frost and Sullivan for its growth in the European fibre market.