Global oligofructose market is anticipated to grow over the forecast period on account of increasing demand of artificial sweeteners for avoiding diseases like diabetes, heart disease, stress, cancer, high cholesterol, osteoporosis. It is widely used in functional foods globally for its technological and health promoting properties. Oligofructose, also called as fructooligosaccharide, is subgroup of insulin, which consist of polymers. They have a less caloric content since they do not get digested in the upper gastrointestinal tract. They have a sweet and pleasant flavor and are highly soluble. Oligofructose possess several nutritional and functional properties which are used to formulate healthy food products. They are used to fortify foods with fiber without contributing any harmful effects. Oligofructose improves the sweetness and flavor of low calorie foods and enhances the texture of fat-reduced foods. They are basically a type of natural food ingredients which are commonly added in different proportions in dietary foods and found as plant storage carbohydrates in a number of plants and vegetables such as onion, wheat, bananas, chicory and garlic. They are used in several countries to replace fat or sugar and reduce calories present in various food products such as ice-creams, confectioneries, dairy products and baked goods. Oligofructose is a strong functional food ingredient since it affects the biochemical and physiological processes in human beings and rats, which results in better health and reduces the risk of many diseases including atherosclerosis. Oligofructose are used as bifidogenic agents which help in stimulating immune system of human body, relieving constipation and reducing fatty acids present in the liver. It also helps in increasing the mineral intaking power of body, especially for absorbing calcium.
The manufacturing process for fructooligosaccharide is almost similar to the process of sugar extraction from sugar beets. The roots in the process are first harvested, further sliced, and washed. Oligofructose is then extracted from roots with the use of a hot water diffusion process. Lastly it is purified and dried. The resulting oligofructose product has a certain percentage of sweetness of sucrose and a small percentage of fructose, glucose, and sucrose on dry solids basis. They are commonly used in cereals and fruit preparations such as frozen desserts, yoghurt, cookies, and nutritional dairy products. It is used for formulating a low calorie fruit preparation for yogurts as they help in enhancing the fruit flavor in it with an added pre-biotic effect. It effectively balances its sweetness profile and eliminates any undesirable aftertaste. Key players in the global oligofructose market include Cosucra, Baolingbao Bology Co., Ltd., GTC Nutrition, HeBei Welcome Pharmaceutical, Guangzhou Zeyu Biotechnology Jiangsu Liang Feng, Meiji Co., Ltd., Leroux Co., Ltd., and Orafti.
Baolingbao Biology Co., Ltd. is a China-based company engaged in the production of oligosaccharide series products, amino acid series products and sugar alcohol series products. Their products are made from sucrose and corn starch and are widely used as ingredients in baking food products, drinks, ice creams, beverages, beer and dairy products. Baolingbao has a wide range of products such as Isomalto-oligosaccharide, fructo-oligosaccharide, maltodextrin, erythritol and glucose syrup, high maltose powder. The main countries importing their products are America, Netherlands, Japan, Korea, India, Malaysia, Philippines, Australia, Nepal, Bangladesh and Iran. Their main clients are Coca Cola, Pepsi, CPI, Coffee Mix, Kraft, CPK and Pepsi Inc...
GTC Nutrition, a business unit of Corn Products International markets its brand NutraFlora scFOS, which helps in preventing Salmonella infections. It also generates positive impacts which support the digestive, bone and immune health of body. Other products of GTC Nutrition include natural mineral sources of Aquamin which helps in supporting bone health and active fibers of BioAgave which benefits the digestive system. Its brand OatVantage supports the glycemic and cardiac health and FortiFeed products have animal applications offering support for immune, digestive, and bone health. GTC Nutrition promotes health throughout North America, Mexico, South America, Australia and New Zealand. Guangzhou Zeyu Biotechnology Co., Ltd. is an industrial company engaged in the research, development, production, marketing, importing and exporting of functional food materials, special nutritional foods and beauty products. One of its production processes includes Oligomerization fructose, also known as sugarcane fruit oligosaccharides, a raw material which is further refined and converted into a functional food for its nutritive and health care properties. It helps in preventing constipation and diarrhea.
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