The global oligofructose market is anticipated to grow over the forecast period on account of the increasing demand for 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 fructooligosaccharide, is a subgroup of insulin, which consists of polymers. They have 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 possesses several nutritional and functional properties that 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 that 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 is used as bifidogenic agents that help in stimulating the immune system of the human body, relieving constipation, and reducing fatty acids present in the liver. It also helps in increasing the mineral intaking power of the 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 the 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, yogurt, 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 that support the digestive, bone, and immune health of the 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 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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