BENEO puts blood sugar management into the spotlight at HiE

Visit BENEO at HiE on the stand in Hall 1, Booth G4

Within its overriding theme ‘The Power of Less’, BENEO is putting a particular focus on balancing blood sugar levels at HiE this year.

The company will demonstrate how its ingredients can lower the blood glucose response of food and drinks and consequently contribute to healthy lifestyles. It will also be putting its gluten-free solutions on centre stage at the show.

High glycaemic diets have been linked to the increased incidence diabetes and obesity. With consumers increasingly aware that low glycaemic products contribute to healthy nutrition, the move to offerings that promote blood glucose management is gaining pace.

According to Mintel, in 2013 the number of worldwide launches with a low glycaemic claim increased by almost 20% compared with 2012, with the UK leading the way for low glycaemic NPD, with a 43% increase in new products with a low glycaemic claim in 2013, compared with 2012.

Following positive 13.5 EFSA health claims opinion for the low glycaemic characteristics of its prebiotic fibres oligofructose and inulin, as well as health claim approvals for the functional carbohydrates, Palatinose (isomaltulose) and ISOMALT, BENEO is now showcasing how these nutritional benefits can be translated into appealing product concepts:

The company will demonstrate how its ingredients can lower the blood glucose response of food and drinks

Power Chews - Incorporating Palatinose, these chews are not sticky and maintain their soft texture during shelf life. With a sugar-like, mild sweetness, Palatinose has been used in this formulation to bring down sucrose levels and achieve a slower rise in blood glucose.

Velvety Yo-fruit Sips - Containing Palatinose and Orafti Synergy1 (oligofructose-enriched inulin), this fruit-flavoured yoghurt drink is low glycaemic and a good source of fibre. While it is fat-free, the drink maintains a creamy mouth-feel thanks to BENEO’s rice starch.

With Europe being the leading market for gluten-free products worldwide, BENEO is also choosing this year’s HiE to showcase innovative gluten-free concepts. Also following the overriding theme, ‘The Power of Less’, the samples on the stand demonstrate the range of nutritional benefits of BENEO ingredients, highlighting their taste and texture potential for innovative food and drink ideas:

Gluten-free Scrumptiously Soft Muffins - Containing BENEO’s rice starch, rice flour and oligofructose, these muffins are not only gluten-free, but also retain their moistness and freshness for longer; they are also a good source of fibre.

Gluten-free Crunchy Choc-Chips - Containing BENEO’s highly soluble inulin HSI, rice starch and rice flour, these cookies are gluten-free and high in fibre, but also sugar-reduced. The addition of BENEO’s inulin HSI creates a mild, sweet taste in the cookie dough and, thanks to the inclusion of BENEO’s rice starch, the cookies also have extended shelf life and a great texture.