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The Nutrition Society recognizes 3 types of prebiotics, in addition to inulin, there are two of them

Echemi 2021-06-22

Recently, the Chinese Nutrition Society announced that inulin, fructooligosaccharides, and galactooligosaccharides were identified as the only three prebiotic raw materials.

 

In May of this year, the Chinese Nutrition Society Probiotics, Prebiotics and Health Branch issued the "Chinese Nutrition Society Prebiotics and Health Expert Consensus", which formulated the definition, standards and raw material classification of prebiotics. Based on this consensus, prebiotics specifically refer to food ingredients that generally cannot be digested and absorbed by the human body but can be selectively used by human microbes, and can improve the composition and/or activity of intestinal microbes, thereby benefiting human health.

 

The Chinese Nutrition Society announced that according to the above consensus, only three food ingredients have sufficient evidence to support their identification as prebiotics, namely inulin, fructooligosaccharides, and galactooligosaccharides. Among them, only oligofructose and inulin are proven plant-based prebiotics because they are substances extracted from chicory roots with hot water.

 

The society stated that the purpose of formulating this "consensus" is to provide consumers, nutritionists, clinicians, scientific researchers, food companies and related management departments with scientific basis and suggestions, promote the scientific management and reasonable application of prebiotic products, and improve the whole people. Health level.

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