First Dietary Fibre Verified Natural According To ISO
Friday, November 9th, 2018 | 185 Views
Major chicory root processor Sensus announced today that their full range of chicory inulin and oligofructose products qualifies as natural according to the new ISO 19657:2017 standard. About a year after ISO set a new standard for food ingredients to be called ‘natural’, chicory root fibre is the first dietary fiber to achieve this verification.
The root of the chicory plant is the natural source of the inulin and oligofructose ingredients that Sensus produces. “We are extremely pleased that we can now really call our chicory inulin natural according to the very latest and strict ISO standard”, explains Sensus Scientific and Regular Affairs Leader, Dr. Elaine Vaughan. “There are many fibres available in the market and this qualification distinguishes chicory inulin from fibres that you cannot find in nature.”
‘Occurring in nature’ is exactly the focus of ISO when determining the ‘naturalness’ of an ingredient. In fact, inulin has been part of our daily diet historically and there are over 36,000 plants in the world that contain inulin fibre, like banana, wheat and garlic. The inulin is extracted with hot water from chicory roots, which contain a high level of inulin. The inulin fibre delivered to the customer is the same as you can find it within the chicory root.
After the recent FDA approval of dietary fiber status of chicory inulin and oligofructose in the new food labelling regulations, this standard will help customers to make the right choices using the right dietary fibre.