Acatris Targets FenuLife for New 'Slow Carb' Market

Acatris Targets FenuLife for New 'Slow Carb' Market

Minneapolis - With diets books such as ATKINS and SOUTH BEACH receiving a great deal of attention, consumers are increasingly interested in their carbohydrates intake. These diets focus on the amount and type of carbohydrates consumed, and are described by some as 'low carb' or 'low Glycemic Index' diets. While the subject of low carb diets is of intense debate, many healthcare professionals in both the US and Europe realize the importance of the Glycaemic Index (GI). The GI is a measure how fast a carbohydrate containing food is likely to raise blood sugar levels. Foods with slowly-digestible carbohydrates will have a low GI and will minimally raise blood sugar and insulin levels. This may help to prevent health problems such as weight gain, diabetes and heart disease.

Acatris' product FenuLife contains large amounts of these slowly-digestible carbohydrates. "The galactomannan fibers in FenuLife can help individuals by lowering the GI of a single food or a whole meal", explains Jocelyn Mathern R.D. Technical Specialist at Acatris Inc, "The galactomannan in FenuLife form a viscous gel in the stomach and the intestinal tract that slows down the absorption of sugar into the blood stream. This can help individuals avoid high peaks in blood sugar levels after a carbohydrate containing meal."

"The next phase in the low carb hype is the "slow carb" trend," says Liesbeth Neven, Product Manager Health Ingredients at Acatris. "Healthcare professionals and consumers know that we need some carbohydrates in our diets, the key is to understanding which types of carbs are beneficial. Specialty ingredients, such as FenuLife, being "slow carbs" have a useful role in reducing the GI of a diet and in doing so may help reduce the risk of a variety of lifestyle diseases." "With the population in the US and Europe gaining more and more weight and with all the health risks involved "slow-carbs" will have a great future," says Neven.

FenuLife is a branded ingredient, clinically proven to slow carb absorption. FenuLife is used by food and dietary supplement companies to help consumers manage their carb intake and promote healthy blood sugar levels and weight. For more information please visit the FenuLife website:

Acatris, division of the Dutch Royal Schouten Group, is an international organization that produces, markets and distributes ingredients for the food, health and nutrition industry. Acatris has its head office in Londerzeel (Belgium) and offices in The Netherlands, Poland, UK, Canada and USA. The product portfolio contains branded ingredients such as Pectacon®, Dadex®, SoyLife®, FenuLife® and LinumLife(tm).

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