Chicory root fibre gets rare Thai FDA approval for ontrend digestive health claim

By Gill Hyslop contact

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Naturally-sourced chicory inulin and oligofructose dietary fibres contribute to digestive health. Pic: Sensus
Naturally-sourced chicory inulin and oligofructose dietary fibres contribute to digestive health. Pic: Sensus

Related tags: chicory root fiber, bifidobacteria, Digestive health, Breakfast cereals, Sensus, DKSH Thailand, Thai FDA

Functional ingredient producer Sensus has been given the green light by the the country’s Ministry of Public Health for the claim that Sensus’ chicory root fibre increases the bifidobacteria in the intestine.

The Netherland producer manufactures chicory inulin and chicory oligofructose, which are dietary fibres that contribute to a healthy intestinal microbiome. Notably, they significantly increase the beneficial microbes bifidobacteria in the intestinal tract, which underlies their prebiotic effects such as digestive health.

The ingredients are also effective fat and sugar replacers.

The application with supporting scientific evidence was provided by Sensus in cooperation with its Business Partner DKSH Thailand and applies exclusively to Sensus Frutafit inulin and Frutalose fructo-oligosaccharides from chicory roots, which is suitable for various applications, including breakfast cereals.

“This valuable cooperation between Sensus and DKSH Thailand to realise this new health claim will be an asset for food manufacturers to contribute to consumer health in Thailand,”​ said Paul Vennik, director of marketing & sales, Sensus.

“These naturally-sourced chicory inulin and oligofructose dietary fibres are extremely suitable for application in dietary products that can contribute to consumers health.”

Manufacturers can utilise the claim on the packaging and all advertising materials, according to the Thai FDA guideline: Inulin / Fructo-oligosaccharide / Oligofructose / Short-chain inulin from chicory helps to increase bifidobacteria in the intestine.

“As there are only a few health claims approved in Thailand, we are extremely pleased with the approval of the health claim for Sensus chicory root fibre,”​ added Songsin Sungkhawaetai, GM, Food & Beverage at DKSH Thailand.

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