EFSA OKs glucose health claim

EFSA OKs glucose health claim

European Food Safety Authority approved a health claim under Article 13.5 that relates to glucose and its use in energy products. Approved claim wording is “contributes to normal energy-yielding metabolism during exercise."  

Following an application from Dextro Energy GmbH & Co. KG, submitted pursuant to Article 13(5) of Regulation (EC) No 1924/2006 via the Competent Authority of Germany, the Panel on Dietetic Products, Nutrition and Allergies was asked to deliver an opinion on the scientific substantiation of a health claim related to glucose and “contributes to normal energy-yielding metabolism during exercise”.

The scope of the application was proposed to fall under a health claim based on newly developed scientific evidence.

The food constituent that is the subject of the health claim is glucose. Glucose can be consumed in the diet as a monosaccharide or be obtained from disaccharides, oligosaccharides and polysaccharides, which are digested and absorbed in the human small intestine and provide glucose to body cells as a source of energy. Besides glucose itself, the main glycaemic carbohydrates providing glucose in the diet are sucrose and lactose (disaccharides), as well as malto-oligosaccharides and starch (polysaccharides). This evaluation refers to glucose from all dietary sources. The Panel considers that the food constituent, glucose, which is the subject of the health claim, is sufficiently characterised.

The claimed effect is “contributes to normal energy-yielding metabolism during exercise”. The target population proposed by the applicant is healthy, active, as well as endurance trained, men and women. In the context of the information provided, and in the context of the clarifications provided by the applicant during the validation of this application, the Panel notes that the claimed effect refers to the contribution of the food constituent to energy-yielding metabolism in active individuals. Energy-yielding metabolism is needed for all functions and activities of the body, including physical activity and exercise. The Panel considers that contribution to energy-yielding metabolism is a beneficial physiological effect.

A claim on glucose and contribution to energy-yielding metabolism has already been assessed with a favourable outcome.


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