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Blood sugar management: Reduce blood glucose with low-glycaemic diets.

We all want to get the most out of life, whether it’s about taking care of our family, a successful career or running a marathon, for example. Our modern life is often fast track, involving regular snacking moments and people tend to choose fast, easy options. Often, this type of food and drink is packed with highly digestible (high glycaemic) carbohydrates and fats, often resulting in disproportional daily calorie intakes and high blood sugar loads.

More and more consumers are aware of blood sugar management and look for products that can help them to keep their blood glucose at a lower, more balanced level. This growing public awareness extends to calorie intake and the amount of sugar we consume.

BENEO offers a refreshing approach to these consumers needs. Our functional carbohydrates and fibres are low respectively non-glycaemic and have a reducing or lowering impact on blood sugar levels.

Authorized 13.5 health claim on lower blood glucose rise.

The health claim confirms that inulin and oligofructose contribute to a better blood glucose management as they support a lower rise in blood glucose response. The wording for the claim may read “Consumption of food/drinks containing inulin/oligofructose instead of sugars induces a lower blood glucose rise after their consumption compared to sugar-containing foods/drinks” when BENEO`s chicory root fibres are used.

In addition to the authorised 13.5 health claim, general health-related well-being claims under article 10.3 are also possible. Amongst others, these may include “lower & more balanced blood glucose rise”. A 30% sugars reduction needs to be obtained by replacement with non-digestible carbohydrates such as BENEO’s inulin and oligofructose according to the conditions of use.

I30 precent sugar replacement with chicory root fibre

Improving metabolism in specialised nutrition

A healthy diet is important for everyone. Even more so at the very beginning of life, during pregnancy and in senior age, or when facing a disease or metabolic disorder, getting the right nutrition needs special attention.

Largely overlooked is the carbohydrate quality and its influence on metabolism. PalatinoseTM supports an improved metabolic profile for those who need the extra care: Balanced-out specialised nutrition carefully prepared by qualified nutritional experts.

Sugar in the blood – less is more

Foods with high levels of easy-to-digest (high glycaemic) carbohydrates cause a fast and high release of glucose which is absorbed into the blood. If foods with a lower glycaemic response are eaten instead, the sudden increase in blood sugar is reduced.

Health professionals increasingly make reference to the health benefits of a low glycaemic diet. The benefits do not just relate to a healthier metabolism, it is also commonly believed to help towards improved diabetes control, prevention of type 2 diabetes, lowered blood cholesterols, reduced risk of heart disease and weight management.

One of BENEO’s alternatives to traditional sugars is Palatinose™. It is a disaccharide with a unique glucose-fructose binding which takes more time to be broken down than sucrose does. PalatinoseTM is fully available in the small intestine, but is hydrolysed 4-5 times more slowly, leading to a low glycaemic response and to lower insulin levels.

As an alternative or in addition, Orafti® Inulin and Orafti® Oligofructose effectively reduce the glycaemic response of foods by replacing sugar or other high glycaemic carbohydrates in food formulations while at the same time enriching those foods in fibre content, making them overall healthier products.

Not only sugar replacement, but also a simple addition of the soluble fibre, Orafti® β-Fit, into the food item can help with blood sugar control. This ingredient is a wholegrain barley flour, rich in beta-glucans. The later generate a high viscosity, which means that the food in the gastro-intestinal tract becomes thicker. Beta-glucans are not digested in the small intestine; instead, the high viscosity of the food slows down the uptake of glucose from other carbs sources from that food item. As a result, lowering the blood glucose response.

Webinar about Blood Sugar Management.

BENEO Webinar about Blood Sugar Management

Expert webinar: Low-glycaemic carbohydrates & fibres.

Awareness on the impact of a healthy diet is growing, as is consumer understanding of carbohydrate quality. Offer healthier alternatives to high-glycaemic foods with the empowering, physical benefits of Orafti® chicory root fibres, and Palatinose™ and Isomalt, carbohydrates from the sugar beet, that are released more slowly.

In-depth information about Blood Sugar Management.

Paper: New perspective on blood sugar management.

The impact of low-glycaemic carbohydrates and dietary fibres on glucose and insulin response, an in-depth look at the role of insulin.

How fibres and carbs help with diabetes and low glycaemic response.

concept healthier carbs, healthier living

Slowly and rapidly absorbed carbohydrates on postprandial metabolism in type 2 diabetes.

Prof. Thomas Linn from Germany speaks about interesting qualities of isomaltulose for people with diabetes mellitus.


Metabolic benefits of prebiotic fibre intake.

Prof. Raylene Reimer from Canada speaks about the lowering of blood glucose levels by prebiotic chicory root fibres.

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Achieving low glycaemic response diets within food-based approaches to healthy eating.

Dr. Geoffrey Livesey from the UK speaks about the potential of low glycemic foods in lowering the risk of developing diabetes, heart disease and certain cancers.