Chicory Root Fiber: A Natural Solution to Reduce Added Sugar

Monday, March 26, 2018 13:55 - 14:30

  • Chicory root fiber is a natural, non-GMO, dietary fiber derived from chicory roots. It is a polydisperse mixture of fructose chains ranging in size from 2 to 60 units
  • The length of these chains can be related to specific functional properties in food applications. In particular, the short chain fractions of chicory root fiber share functional properties similar to sugar, including sweetness, humectancy and solubility
  • By applying specific processing techniques, these shorter chains can be isolated and delivered as a food ingredient in both powder and liquid form
  • With sweetness levels as high as 65% that of sucrose, they are effective tool in reducing sugar, particularly ‘added’ sugar in a variety of food applications
  • Sugar reduction of 33% or greater is achievable in dairy, baked goods, bars, cereal and a number of other applications

Scott Turowski, Technical Sales Manager, Sensus America, Inc.