Prebiotics and the fight against obesityPrebiotics and the fight against obesity
Faculty of Pharmaceutical, Biomedical and Veterinary Sciences. Pharmacy
Algemene en functionele voeding
Natural Products and Food - Research and Analysis (NatuRA)
Innovations in food technology
(2007):1, p. 69-
University of Antwerp
Obesity levels have hit crisis point in Europe. According to The European Association for the Study of Obesity (EASO) one in three people in the EU is overweight and at least one in ten is obese. It is clear that the food industry has a key role in finding solutions to one of the greatest public health challenges of the 21sr century, says this article from Orafti, of Tienen, Belgium. The potential of chicory-derived inulin and oligofructose to create food products that can control appetite and food intake by regulating energy intake and weight modulation is still yet to be fully realised by food manufacturers. This article further looks at obesity and discusses the benefits of Beneo inulin and oligofructose prebiotic dietary fibres that are extracted from the root of the chicory plant. It looks at animal studies and human data and points out that product developers have at their disposal a tried and tested dietary fibre which is capable of delivering new solutions to a huge problem.