There is a need for increasing fiber content in food while keeping taste and convenience up to consumer’s expectations. Inulin is a natural occurring, versatile dietary fiber optimal as sugar and fat replacer. Moreover, it is fully fermented in the gut which is proven to be beneficial for human health.
Fiber consumption in the western diet is currently below recommendations. Efforts to increase fiber rich food consumption have been gradually gaining some results, however consumer perception that fiber rich foods lack good taste has slowed this process down.
Moreover, consumers have shown preference for natural, plant-based, non-GMO ingredients, over synthetic ones. Chicory root fiber (inulin) is a soluble fiber that naturally grows as part of the chicory plant and has a substantial body of strong science supporting benefits for human health. It allows for sugar, fat and calorie reduction while providing great taste and texture attributes.
Due to its versatility and broad range of applications, chicory root fiber represents a convenient way to fill the fiber gap in the western world.