What Is Oligodex™?
Oligodex™ is a mixture of oligomers and polymers of ß-(2-1)-fructose derived from Jerusalem artichoke. It’s a partially hydrolyzed inulin and is classified as "non-digestible" and low-caloric carbohydrate used in nutrition as a source of dietary fibers.
It stimulates the growth of healthy intestinal bacteria which supports good colon and intestinal health. Research has shown that inulin-type fructans and corresponding fermentation products promote digestive and colon health. It could be used to replace fat and sugar for a wide range of applications in foods. Oligodex™ does not affect blood sugar levels, and its taste is comparable to sugar (less sweetness), and would be an ideal ingredient as a sugar replacer for certain food preparations, particularly for beverages.
Food Industry Application
Oligodex™ is a soluble dietary fiber. It provides a variety of functional and nutritional benefits and is broadly used in the following products:
1. Bakery, beverages
2. Cereals, nutrition bars
3. Dessert, ice creams, chocolates, gum
4. Dressings, spreadable dairy and cheese products
Inulin is not digested in the small intestine. After entering the colon, it is metabolized mostly to short-chain fatty acids and lactate by the intestinal bacteria.
Inulin is a preferred food for the lactobacilli in the intestine and can improve the balance of friendly bacteria. It is considered as a prebiotics.
Reduced Caloric Value:
Inulin contains only 25%~30% of the food energy of sugar or other carbohydrates and 11%~16% of the food energy of fat.
Increase Mineral Absorption:
Inulin significantly increases the intestinal absorption of calcium and magnesium.
Improvement of Lipid Metabolism:
Inulin affects the metabolism of lipids primarily by decreasing triglycerides.
Inulin is a dietary fiber. It improves bowel habits; therefore increases stool frequency to avoid constipation.
Suitable for Diabetics:
Inulin has no influence on blood glucose level when ingested orally and has been widely used as a food ingredient for diabetics.