What is VitaFiber™ IMO?
BioNeutra produces VitaFiber™ IMO via highly controlled enzyme-catalyzed process transforming starch molecules into functional health molecules of IMO. Our manufacturing process controls the glucose chain lengths (also called a degree of polymerization or dp) and the alpha(1-6) linkages to ensure consistent high quality isomalto-oligosaccharide from various starch sources.
The manufacturing process is based upon a enzymatic conversion of starch molecules. Therefore, VitaFiber™ IMO is a food ingredient.
How is VitaFiber™ IMO made?
BioNeutra produces VitaFiber™ IMO via highly controlled enzyme-catalyzed process transforming starch molecules into IMO. Our manufacturing process controls the glucose chain lengths (also called as degree of polymerization or dp) and the alpha(1-6) linkages to ensure consistent high quality isomalto-oligosaccharide from various starch sources.
What is dietary fiber?
Dietary fibers are the indigestible or digestion-resistant portion of plant foods that move food through the digestive system, absorbing water, making defecation easier. Soluble fiber undergoes metabolic processing via fermentation, yielding end-products with broad, significant health effects. VitaFiber™ IMO is a dietary fiber because of its resistance to digestion in upper digestive tract.
How sweet is VitaFiber™ IMO in relation to sugar?
Both syrup and powder form of VitaFiber™ IMO exhibit light sweet taste with sweetness compared to sugar (sucrose) ~50-60%.
Is VitaFiber™ IMO a high intensity sweetener?
No, being that it is only 50-60% as sweet as sucrose, it is not. Its main benefit in formulations is that it is a dietary fiber that also offers a low level of sweetness. However it can be blended with high intensity sweeteners, such as stevia or citrus extracts, etc. to give the desired sweetness.
How can VitaFiber™ IMO replace sugar?
Given its bulk density being similar to sugar VitaFiber™ IMO works as a 1:1 replacement in baked goods with only the need to increase sweetness. This can be done by using high intensity sweeteners or adding in "visual" sweeteners such as more chocolate chips to assist in product differentiation.
Does VitaFiber™ IMO cause any gastric upset?
According to the FDA-GRAS document, IMO is proposed for use at use-levels of up to 15 grams per (self affir40gm/day). Moreover, the published scientific studies suggested that IMO with 35-40g/day won't produce any gastric distention. IMO is much more tolerated in higher doses in comparison to FOS, GOS and inulin.
Is VitaFiber™ IMO stable in food products?
Yes, our in-house studies have confirmed that VitaFiber™ IMO is stable at the pH range of 2-9 for an extended period of time, which makes it an excellent candidate for addition into beverages. Also, VitaFiber™ IMO is stable at baking temperatures (160-180°C). Cooking temperatures in degrees Fahrenheit as well as Centigrade.
Which food industries could potentially use VitaFiber™ IMO?
VitaFiber™ IMO can be used in a variety of consumer food products under the health food category and can be promoted as a safe, new, and trendy health food product. For example, VitaFiber™ IMO can be used in variety of packaged goods such as beverages, candies, chocolates and sweets, sports energy bars, confectionary products, milk products, various desserts and it can also be used as an ingredient at home.