FDA includes sugar cane fibre on the list of approved dietary fibres
Scientists at Melbourne University have confirmed the presence of a significant quantity of polyphenolic compounds including flavonoids in the sugar cane fibre used in Tamu Group’s Five10Fibre™. Polyphenols are a complex group of micronutrients that are widely distributed throughout the plant kingdom and thus form an integral part of the human diet. They are responsible for a wide range of health benefits, including the treatment of digestion issues, weight management and diabetes.
The research was led by Dr Ken Ng, Senior Lecturer in Food Chemistry, at the School of Agriculture & Food in the Faculty of Veterinary & Agricultural Sciences. The team also measured the impact of a range of processing conditions on the amount of polyphenols which they plan to publish later this year. This research results will be used to enhance Five10Fibre™ with the best product quality that is consistent with its natural state.
Further results showed the potential for the polyphenols in Five10Fibre™ to inhibit starch and fats digestive enzyme activity in a similar manner to current prescription a-glucosidase and lipase inhibitors used for the management of diabetes.
Dr Ng commented, “This is the first step in a very exciting collaborative research journey which can open the doorway to a number of high-value pharmaceutical applications for Five10Fibre™.”
These results are further to the new food and nutrition labelling regulations which the U.S Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has announced which places sugar cane fibre on the list of approved dietary fibres. The FDA ruled that mixed plant cell wall fibres (a category that includes sugar cane fibre and apple fibre) also met its fibre definition. This means that the Tamu Group’s Five10Fibre™ will continue to appear as dietary fibre on the Nutritional Information Panel.
Dr Jonathan Middis, Chief Technical Officer at the Tamu Group, commented, “We recognise the beneficial impact of sugar cane fibre and Five10Fibre™ as part of a healthy diet and we are delighted that this has now been supported by the FDA ruling. This decision means that consumers can continue to access a low FODMAP fibre naturally sourced from sugar cane.
The FDA ruling has confirmed that Five10Fibre™ is another way for manufacturers to improve the nutritional quality of their products and to help consumers increase their natural fibre intake. We are excited to be working with both new and existing customers to develop great new applications to help more consumers benefit from sugar cane fibre and we continue to build the scientific base to identify and validate new ways that Five10Fibre™ can improve the diets of everyone that struggles to fulfil their daily fibre intake requirements.”