Plant-based and firmly established with clinical studies, Beneo’s inulin and oligofructose are two of the three proven prebiotics according to the International Scientific Association for Probiotics and Prebiotics (ISAPP). They naturally support digestive health as they ‘feed’ the microbiome so that beneficial bacteria can selectively grow and support the health of their host.
Beneo’s inulin and oligofructose are obtained from chicory root via a gentle hot water extraction. This natural production process clearly distinguishes them from other fibers, which are made indigestible by chemical and enzymatic modifications. These include so-called “soluble corn fiber” (which by far is not a natural fiber coming from corn as the name may suggest) or the food additive “polydextrose,” each of which require a chemical process.
Scientific studies with Beneo’s prebiotics have shown, for the first time ever, a direct correlation between microbiota, bowel regularity and inner well-being. The results showed that inulin intake selectively changed three bacterial genera: Bifidobacterium, Anaerostipes and Bilophila. It increased the relative abundance of Bifidobacterium and Anaerostipes, both known as ‘good’ bacteria, supporting a balanced microbiota. The selectivity of Beneo’s Orafti® Inulin was further demonstrated through decreased levels of Bilophila, a potential pathogen also related to increased gas production. This decrease upon inulin consumption was linked with both softer stools and reduced constipation, leading to better quality of life.
As a special tribute to the chicory coffee tradition of New Orleans at the recent IFT Expo, Beneo featured a coffee beverage that contains chicory root fiber and the next generation sugar Palatinose™. With inulin, the coffee serves as a perfect start to the day, as it’s prebiotic and a good source of fiber. With the inclusion of Palatinose™, the drink has a low-glycemic response and provides sustained energy in the form of glucose.