Applications of Inulin
Sensus inulin is an extremely versatile product that improves taste and texture while providing significant health-promoting benefits. These ingredients are currently used in many applications, including dairy, bakery, cereals and cereal bars, infant nutrition, beverages, confectionery, ice cream, savory and healthcare nutrition.
Innovative inulin solutions
The applications above are just a few of the many possibilities with inulin. In fact, new and innovative uses for inulin are constantly being found. For example combinations with stevia to improve the taste profile.
Please contact the Sensus team to learn more about the possibilities for your specific application.
Dairy products – including drinking yoghurts and cultured liquid milk, spoonable yoghurt, cheese, and flavored milk – have always been associated with health. It is also one of the biggest segments for functional foods. And consumers increasingly see functional products as an essential part of a well-balanced, enjoyable diet.
Bread is a staple food for many people throughout the world and a major source of consumption in Europe in particular.
Breakfast cereals and cereal bars
Nowadays there’s a growing trend towards convenient, healthy breakfast products. Cereals may have a healthy, fiber-rich image but many of them actually contain a lot of sugar and hardly any fiber.
Infant & young children nutrition
We all know that mother’s milk is best for babies. Healthier intestinal flora means better digestion and a stronger immune system. Inulin is in fact a dietary fiber. With its neutral taste, which does not affect the original taste of the product, you can understand why inulin is increasingly used in the infant and young children nutrition segment.
As a soluble fiber, inulin is a perfect ingredient for instant beverages, soy drinks and flavored waters, particularly those that could be classified as ‘functional’. Inulin is completely soluble and also gives beverages extra body.
Inulin’s application in confectionery highlights its sugar-replacement properties. Confectionery generally contains high levels of sugars, some of which can be replaced with inulin in a wide range of products. This results in fewer calories and a reduced risk of tooth decay, making inulin of special interest to parents who want healthy, low-sugar snacks for their children.
Ice cream has never lost its popularity as a dessert or a refreshing indulgence yet the health-based consumer trend towards low-fat products creates challenges for ice cream makers. Even established brands are now offering low-fat versions of their products.
This may surprise you but inulin is the perfect ingredient for savory applications. Imagine your product such as meat, pasta, noodles, ready meals, soups and sauces with lower fat and/or sugar and added fiber. Read on to find out more about each specific application.
Dietary supplements, tablets, medical nutrition and meal replacers are examples of healthcare nutrition products. Healthcare nutrition products can easily be enriched with inulin, which is an excellent source of soluble dietary fiber.