Prebiotic - Litesse®

Litesse® is an effective prebiotic – it is a nondigestible food ingredient which passes intact into the colon, where it is partially fermented.

It then selectively stimulates the growth of beneficial bacteria, such as bifidobacteria and lactobacilli, helping to improve digestive health. 

Technically, Litesse® is a highly branched polymer of glucose. Its unique arrangement of glycosidic linkages makes it resistant to hydrolysis by human digestive enzymes. 

Because it is not metabolized by the body, Litesse® contributes an energy value of just one kilocalorie per gram (1 kcal/g). It is the preferred speciality carbohydrate for a variety of processed food applications including baked goods, confectionery, dairy products and beverages. 

Research findings have also indicated that Litesse®:

  • Enhances saccharolytic (carbohydrate) fermentation, thus reducing colonic pH
  • Promotes the generation of short chain fatty acids including propionic and butyric acids which have specifically documented colonic health benefits
  • Enhances mineral absorption from the colon
  • May play a role in reducing colon cancer risk

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High fiber diets are widely recognized as encouraging optimal digestive health and regularity, which can often be felt by the consumer as an improvement in overall well-being.
The Litesse® polydextrose family of ingredients elicit very low glycemic responses, ranging from just 4 to 7, compared to glucose at 100.
As legislation can differ greatly between different markets, we always recommend the information provided is reviewed in line with local labeling legislation, in regards to Litesse®.
Litesse® polydextrose is a particularly effective ingredient in the development of reduced and low calorie foods and beverages.
At DuPont we are committed to supporting our entire product range with sound scientific evidence. Here we provide the Research and Clinical Studies on Litesse®
Litesse® can help in reducing energy intake, by aiding in the manufacture of foods and beverages that are less calorically dense and which have a lower glycemic response.

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