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In terms of their gut health benefits, the polyphenols in tea are perhaps the best researched. Image: © iStock

Special Edition: Pre & Probiotics

Time is ripe for polyphenols as prebiotics, expert says

By Hank Schultz

Could the idea of prebiotics be extended to include polyphenolic ingredients?  An expert in the field says there is a growing body of evidence to support the notion.

Beneo's chicory inulin claim is the closest the industry has to a prebiotic claim so far. ©iStock/PhilippeDesoche

When is a non-digestible carbohydrate a prebiotic?

By Lynda Searby

Several health claims have been approved in Europe for prebiotic fibre ingredients, but none of the functionality has been directly attributed to their prebiotic properties. 

At four hours, lactic acid for native Okara was 2.45 fold higher than the control fructo-oligosaccharides. ©iStock/alffoto

Soybean by-product tipped as alternative prebiotic

By Annie Harrison-Dunn

By-product Okara, otherwise known as ‘soy pulp’ or ‘tofu dreg’, is a promising novel prebiotic, according to researchers testing the ingredient in a human gut model. 

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Psyllium shows satiety benefits: P&G study

By Stephen Daniells

Psyllium – a soluble, gel-forming, non-fermented fiber supplement – may help consumers stay fuller for longer, says a new study from scientists at Proctor & Gamble.

EFSA health claim opinion

EFSA rejects Tate & Lyle polydextrose-defecation claim

By Shane Starling

The link between polydextrose consumption and maintenance or normal defecation is ‘weak’, EFSA has found in rejecting an article 13.5 submission from agrifood sugar giant Tate & Lyle.

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