FDA Expands Use of Polydextrose in Beverages
In 2007, the U.S. Food and
Drug Administration expanded the approved use of polydextrose as a bulking
agent, formulation aid, humectant and texturizer to include all categories
of beverages. Danisco, maker of Litesse polydextrose, says it spearheaded
the revised regulation, and that the ingredient can now be part of new
formulations for products such as yogurt drinks, soft drinks, juice-based
drinks, smoothies and flavored waters.
Health benefits of polydextrose
Polydextrose is a 1 kcal/gram specialty carbohydrate
that is prebiotic, sugar free, high in fiber and low glycemic. These
properties are said to promote digestive health. For those such as
diabetics seeking to control their blood sugar levels, polydextrose also
can reduce the glycemic response of many beverages.
According to Danisco, studies indicate that foods
made with polydextrose have a satiating effect — allowing consumers
to feel satisfied longer. By inducing satiety with the consumption of fewer
calories, polydextrose can be used in meal-replacement beverages developed
for weight management. These benefits, combined with its sugar replacement
and calorie reduction attributes, make polydextrose a key ingredient in the
development of “better for you” products, the company says.
In addition to its health benefits, Danisco says,
polydextrose can improve flavor, texture and mouthfeel in a wide range of
beverages. It has a neutral flavor that can mask the off-notes that may
occur in nutritional beverages that contain soy, vitamins, minerals and
other supplements. Polydextrose is non-sweet even though it has many of the
functional properties of sugar. Formulators can use polydextrose to balance
sweetness as it is compatible with other sugars and high-intensity
— Danisco Sweeteners, 565 Taxter Road No. 590, Elmsford, N.Y.
10523; 914/592-1400; www.danisco.com