Taiyo has announced that it has expanded the GRAS (Generally Recognized As Safe) status of its Partially Hydrolyzed Guar Gum (PHGG) through an independent panel of scientific experts. The expansion gives food and beverage manufacturers the freedom to add this beneficial ingredient, marketed as Sunfiber®, to an even broader variety of consumer-friendly foods at a usage level limited only by cGMP.
Sunfiber is an all-natural, soluble dietary fiber that has been clinically shown to help lower glycemic index, improve mineral absorption and maintain digestive health. Known as the “invisible fiber with visible benefits,” Sunfiber can be incorporated into all foods or beverages to increase fiber content without affecting taste or texture. It also exhibits excellent stability with respect to pH, heat and freeze/thaw conditions.
Sunfiber PHGG was previously deemed GRAS by an expert panel of independent and qualified scientific professionals for use in a list of specified foods at limited usage levels, but the “general food use” approval opens doors for unlimited food formulation opportunities.
“The expanded GRAS status of Taiyo’s Sunfiber offers an advantage for manufactures to create foods with mass-market appeal that address consumer health concerns, such as increased fiber intake, improved digestive health, mineral absorption and a lower glycemic index,” said Scott Smith, Vice President, Taiyo International, Inc. (www.sunfiber.com).
Taiyo International is the North American sales office for Taiyo Kagaku Japan, a leading manufacturer of functional ingredients for the food, beverage and dietary supplement industries. Taiyo focuses on the development of innovative ingredients, derived from natural sources, to further develop the body’s ability to protect and manage one’s health
Scott J Smith