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Dietary fibre offers optimum bioavailability

Source:Food Manufacturing Journal - Middle East

Date Published:9/19/2019 04:09:30 PM

From GoodMills Innovation, “High-MAC” wheat bran offers optimum bioavailability for the microbiome and multiple application opportunities  

Under the banner “The most diverse natural fibre composition in the world”, GoodMills Innovation will showcase a natural high-fibre ingredient for multiple fields of application at the world’s leading ingredients trade show, Fi Europe & Ni 2019. One highlight will be the new micronised High-MAC wheat bran and its carbohydrates that are optimally metabolised in the intestine.

In contrast to refined flour, which does not support bacterial diversity in the gut, whole grains make an important contribution to microbial diversity. With this in mind, GoodMills Innovation has developed High-MAC wheat bran (MAC stands for ‘microbiota accessible carbohydrates’), a novel wheat ingredient that is ultra-finely ground and stabilised. As such, it can be metabolised optimally by intestinal bacteria. This is what makes the new product much more bioavailable than the supposedly well to metabolise standard fibres found in whole grain flour and other bran products.

“Multi Micro Process” micronisation and simultaneous thermal and physical enhancement, reduce the size of the High-MAC wheat bran particles to under 150 µm – or even smaller. The bacterial count is significantly reduced, as well, according to GoodMill.

Using a special “Multi Micro Process” micronisation technique and simultaneous thermal and physical enhancement, the size of the High-MAC wheat bran particles is reduced to less than 150 µm – or even smaller – and the bacterial count is significantly reduced. Compared to conventional bran, the surface is thus increased by a factor of 1,000 to 100,000. This helps the intestinal bacteria to access up to 100 different fibre components of wheat fibre so far known to be inherent to the bran. Therefore, the micronised bran differs significantly from the chemically isolated and individually administered fibre fractions found in food supplements and common food additives.

High-MAC wheat bran supports the biodiversity of bacteria in the intestines and therefore promotes good intestinal health. At the same time, the ingredient contains valuable natural nutrients including iron, zinc, magnesium, vitamins and polyphenols.

Technologically, High-MAC wheat bran scores with its versatile application potential for a variety of baked goods, pasta, shakes and even spreads. In particular in biscuits High-MAC wheat bran can impress with a short bite (“crunch”), depending on the recipe.

Natural sugar reduction

The slight natural sweetness of the ingredient also allows the sugar content in recipes from cookie dough to even chocolate creams and other fillings to be reduced, while optimising texture and mouthfeel. On request, this ultra-finely ground bran is also available in various qualities and particle sizes and as whole bran, which includes the wheat germ.

Managing Director Michael Gusko explains: “We are very pleased that, in addition to our wide spectrum of wholemeal specialities, we are now also able to offer a bran range that delivers new technological, health and taste advantages. Most consumers associate high fibre products with health benefits, but not always with indulgence.

“Through more than three decades of intensive research, including various EU projects, we have been able to develop comprehensive expertise in the field of dietary fibre. And this year, we have once again invested almost 10 million euros in expanding our plant so that we are well equipped for future growth in the area of intestinal health.”

About GoodMills Innovation GmbH

GoodMills Innovation GmbH has its headquarters in Hamburg, Germany, and is a division of Europe’s leading milling enterprise, the Austria-based GoodMills Group. Together with its Polish subsidiary GoodMills Innovation Polska Sp z o.o, the company employs a staff of 120 in Europe.

Sound grain expertise and state-of-the-art refining technologies are the foundations of the company, which operates worldwide. Innovative and natural products that combine functionality and taste with health benefits have been developed in close cooperation with experts from science and industry. Customers from the food industry and the bakery sector benefit from tailor-made products and competent advice on application technology, food legislation and marketing issues.

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