Fructooligosaccharides (FOS)

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Fructooligosaccharides (FOS) are prebiotic carbohydrates that are derived from natural sources like chicory root, Jerusalem artichoke, agave and sugar cane. Icon Foods utilizes a natural water extraction process to release these chains of non-digestible fructose and glucose molecules. FOS delivers less sweetness than sugar with minimal calories. Commonly used in combination with other sweeteners, FOS provides a variety of functional and nutritional benefits in foods.
As a prebiotic, fructooligosaccharides are beneficial to gut health by supporting the growth of healthy microflora. In food products, the bulking and fat-mimetic qualities of FOS improve texture and mouthfeel. Its moderate sweetness and neutral flavor pair well with more intense sweeteners. FOS excels as a low calorie bulking agent. Applications include Beverages, Dressings, Confectionery, Bars, Cereals and Baked Goods.

What Are Fructooligosaccharides?

Fructooligosaccharides (FOS) are short-chain polymers comprised of D-fructose and D-glucose, which are not metabolized by the body like simple sugars are, and are therefore considered non-digestible oligosaccharides. They occur naturally in bananas, garlic, Jerusalem artichokes and certain other foods, and technically are a soluble fiber.

Several studies have found that FOS and inulin promote calcium absorption in both the animal and human gut. The intestinal microflora in the lower gut can ferment FOS, which results in a reduced pH. Calcium is more soluble in acid, and, therefore, more of it comes out of food and is available to move from the gut into the bloodstream.

FOS can be considered a small dietary fiber with (like all types of fiber) low caloric value. The fermentation of FOS results in the production of gases and acids. The latter provide some energy to the body.

Nutritional Benefits (per 100 Gram sample)

FOS As A Sweetening System:

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