Weight management … Prebiotic fibres offer new opportunities for weight management

Research demonstrates the importance consumers are increasingly placing on fibre intake in their daily diet. The reasons are many, but one key motivator that is making consumers more conscious of including fibre in their diets is weight management. Here, Hélène Alexiou, Senior Nutrition Communication Manager from the BENEO-Institute, explains how prebiotic fibres support weight management in the long term, with a particular focus on managing an individual’s calorie intake.

It doesn’t take much to cross over from weight maintenance to weight increase. For example, the rise in body weight in the U.S. population from 1980-1994 could be accounted for by an intake of only 4 kcal higher than that needed to maintain a healthy weight per day in women and 13 kcal higher in men. As a result, a typical adult can gain approximately 1kg per year over their lifetime. Taking this into consideration, it’s clear that eating just a few less calories per day could make the difference between a healthy, or unhealthy, bodyweight.

BENEO’s prebiotic fibres can help food manufacturers and therefore consumers address this issue and support weight management in the following (key) ways:

  • Helping consumers to eat less calories
  • Reducing the caloric value of foods
  • Managing their blood sugar
  • Can prebiotic fibres help consumers eat less calories?

Animal and human intervention studies suggest that prebiotic fibres can play a pivotal role in achieving the goal of helping consumers eat less. Indeed, BENEO’s Orafti®Synergy1 (oligofructose-enriched inulin) and oligofructose have been shown to have beneficial effects on our energy balance, by helping to reduce spontaneous caloric intake in people consuming a non-restricted diet. In a study involving overweight and obese adults, Orafti®Synergy1, included at a daily dosage of 12 g/ day for 3 weeks, resulted in a significant reduction in energy intake.

This article is available in full in the Spring 2014 issue of Nutraceuticals Now