Endurance Athletes Re-Energise with New Frubiase

Boehringer Ingelheim has recently launched frubiase® SPORT Ausdauer to provide long-lasting energy and a sustained blood sugar level to endurance athletes. Developed in association with the German Sports Academy in Cologne and containing functional ingredient Palatinose™ from BENEO-Palatinit, frubiase® SPORT Ausdauer (‘Endurance’) is a new food supplement which is particularly suited to long training sessions.

Palatinose™ (isomaltulose) from BENEO-Palatinit is the only known fully digestible, low glycaemic carbohydrate. With a glycaemic index of just 32, it provides four calories per gram, the same amount of energy as sugar (sucrose), but large fluctuations in the blood glucose and insulin levels are avoided and digestion and absorption occur over a much longer period. Compared with conventional sugar, after consuming Palatinose™, the blood glucose level takes twice as long to return to basal level, enabling energy levels to be sustained for longer.

The performance-enhancing effect of Palatinose™ was proven in a recent study by the Sports Medicine Institute at Freiburg University Hospital in Germany . During a time trial, cyclists who had consumed a Palatinose™ drink performed much better than a maltodextrin control group.

"With Palatinose™, we have been able to develop a product with an optimum energy profile for endurance athletes. In this case, BENEO-Palatinit is not only the supplier of this carbohydrate but has also given us optimum support in many phases of product development, right through to regulatory issues,“ says Bernhard Wiegratz, the Product Manager for frubiase®.

Palatinose™ is an ingredient with scientifically supported benefits and an established market potential with a wide range of possible uses in the extensive field of sport nutrition. Tooth-friendly Palatinose™ is also suitable for the manufacture of gels, bars or RTD and instant drinks. The functional carbohydrate can either be combined with other ingredients or used as the sole functional ingredient.

In addition to Palatinose™, the new frubiase® SPORT Ausdauer, also contains a targeted combination of precisely dosed vitamins, minerals and trace elements ensuring the body is optimally supplied during and after intensive endurance training. The new product from the Boehringer Ingelheim Company, like other products in this range, is only available from chemists.

For further information on BENEO-Palatinit and its ingredients, please visit: www.beneo-palatinit.com

About Palatinose™

The disaccharide PalatinoseTM (isomaltulose) is produced exclusively from pure beet sugar. Enzymatic re-arrangement of the alpha-1,2 bond between the glucose and the fructose molecule to an alpha-1,6 bond converts sucrose into PalatinoseTM. Palatinose™ is the only fully digestible, low GI carbohydrate providing prolonged energy in the form of glucose. Its sensory profile closely resembles that of sugar and is about half as sweet. This mild, natural sweetness is not marred by any unpleasant side- or after-taste. Sensory tests have even shown that Palatinose™ can exert a positive influence on the flavour profile of end products, for example when functional – often comparatively bitter – ingredients are used.

Palatinose™ is non-hygroscopic, so it does not cake and remains dry and free-flowing, even on prolonged storage and at high temperatures. This means that it is very readily processed both into ready-to-drink beverages and into instant drinks. Since Palatinose™ is resistant to fermentation by microbes and lactobacilli, it can also be used in dairy products. Moreover, as a non-fermentable carbohydrate, it also stabilises the food matrix against bacterial spoilage. Under normal storage conditions and at moderate temperatures, it has the same storage characteristics as sugar. Palatinose™ replaces sugar in a 1:1 ratio in formulations and can be processed in exactly the same way.

PalatinoseTM was discovered in 1957 by the research and development department of Südzucker AG. Today, PalatinoseTM is produced on an industrial scale by BENEO-Palatinit GmbH. Founded in 1979, the company belongs to the BENEO Group, that was formed in autumn 2007 and is part of Südzucker AG.It owes its name to the Palatinate where it was discovered; this region of Germany was called ''Palatinum“ by the Romans.

About BENEO-Palatinit
Based in Mannheim, Germany, BENEO-Palatinit was founded in 1979 and is part of the Functional Food Group BENEO. The Group, formed in autumn 2007, also includes BENEO-Orafti as well as BENEO-Remy. It is part of the SÜDZUCKER AG - Europe’s largest sugar producer.

BENEO-Palatinit employs some 200 people in Mannheim and at its production facilities in Offstein/Palatinate. The company has a global presence with subsidiaries in the USA and Singapore, as well as 45 sales agencies in various countries.

BENEO-Palatinit manufactures the internationally approved products ISOMALT, Palatinose™ and galenIQ™, all of which are derived from pure beet sugar. Each product is characterised by its toothfriendliness, low glycaemic response and a mild, sugar-like sweetness. Moreover, the sugar replacer ISOMALT contains only half the calories of sugar. With tailor-made variants the ISOMALT family is available for a wide range of applications. Worldwide, almost 2,000 products are made with ISOMALT – in sugar-free hard-boiled candies, it is the internationally most widely used ingredient. The new functional carbohydrate Palatinose™ is characterised by a long-lasting energy supply. As a result, it has a wide range of application possibilities in foods and beverages with a sports and wellness positioning.

For pharmaceutical applications, BENEO-Palatinit produces the excipient galenIQ™, which is chemically also based on hydrogenated isomaltulose, but manufactured according to pharmaceutical guidelines.

BENEO-Palatinit offers comprehensive service and consultancy to customers, including production technology, formulation development and product optimisation as well as regulatory advice, market research and marketing support.

BENEO-Palatinit has been ISO 9001 certified since 1994.

1 Berg/König, Freiburg University Hospital, Medical Clinic, Department for Rehabilitative and Preventive Sports Medicine, 2007

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