Dietary Fiber

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.

Researchers say stable isotope technology could be one possible – albeit costly – way of filling in in vivo knowledge gaps for prebiotics. © iStock.com / Ben-Schonewille

Special edition: Microbiome metrics & advances

Beyond microbiota: Prebiotics need hard health endpoints

By Annie Harrison-Dunn

Hard health endpoints, not just changes to microbiota, are needed to secure EU prebiotic health claims and bring fibre intakes up to recommended levels, according to European researchers.

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