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Tongue-Twister Carbohydrate Has Numerous Health, Food Benefits

July 16, 2013: 12:00 AM EST
The short-chain fructooligosaccharide (scFOS) is finally getting recognition in the world of nutrition, food technologists say. Though not yet a household word, a scFOS is a  low-calorie, non-digestible carbohydrate that can be used to improve texture, enhance flavor and lower the amount of sugar in food products because it provides about 30 to 50 percent of the sweetness of regular sugar. In addition, it aids the immune system, improves bone health and balances good bacteria in the digestive tract. It is naturally found in chicory, onions, asparagus, wheat, tomatoes and other fruits, vegetables and grains. 
Phillip Allsopp, "What Are Fructooliogosaccharides and How Do They Provide Digestive, Immunity and Bone Health Benefits?", News release, presentation at the 2013 Institute of Food Technologists (IFT) Annual Meeting & Expo, July 16, 2013, © Institute of Food Technologists
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