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Fructo Oligosaccharide

As one of the most studied and widely used prebiotics, oligofructose and fructooligosaccharides have been proven to be the only all-natural ingredient that has both dual physiological properties of super-strong Bifidus factor and water soluble dietary fiber at the same time. This FOS sweetener is recognized by the governments of more than 200 countries and regions. Fructooligosaccharide is widely used in the fields of food, health care, medicine, cosmetics, and feed. When it comes to China food additives, oligofructose and fructooligosaccharides have been approved by the government as "health food", "food ingredient" and "nutrition enhancer", etc. The market for related functional sugar is also developing rapidly for the benefits of fructooligosaccharides.

Fructooligosaccharides Benefits

Fructooligosaccharides Benefits

Fructooligosaccharide does not cause a spike in a person's blood sugar as other sweeteners do, and the fos oligosaccharides are also low in calories. For these reasons, FOS may be ideal for people looking for an alternative sweetener. While FOS sweetener is commonly added to beverages, syrups, and foods, as a sweetener, there are also many benefits of consuming FOS. Fructooligosaccharides can reduce cholesterol levels in animal studies. Introducing FOS into a calorie-restricted diet also helped these animals to reduce weight gain. The fructooligosaccharides uses also seemed to stimulate insulin secretion in the pancreas. More human studies will be needed to substantiate these findings.

Fructooligosaccharides Uses

Fructooligosaccharides Uses

Fructooligosaccharides are used primarily as a low-calorie, alternative sweetener. People can eat and drink products made with FOS instead of those containing sugar, which spike glucose levels in the blood, and cause weight gain. FOS fructooligosaccharides may also be preferable to artificial sweeteners, some of which have been linked to everything from weight gain, to diabetes.

Inulin and Fructooligosaccharides

Inulin and Fructooligosaccharides


Inulin has a metabolic pathway similar to oligofructose in the human body and has all the physiological functions of types of oligosaccharides. Inulin can increase the value of bifidobacteria by 5 to 8 times, and at the same time, the harmful bacteria can also be significantly reduced by the use of it, which improves the distribution of human flora and promotes intestinal health. Inulin can promote the absorption of calcium, magnesium, iron and other minerals. Studies have shown that intake of inulin can increase the absorption of important minerals (such as Ca, Mg, Fe) and increase the density of minerals in the bones.

Fructo Oligosaccharide
Fructo Oligosaccharide

Fructo-oligosaccharide (FOS) takes sucrose as raw material, also called Fucto-oligo. It enters the large intestine directly without being digested and absorbed by human body, and rapidly promotes the regeneration of bifidobactirium and other probiotics in the intestine, which is also called "Bifidus Factor".

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Fructo Oligosaccharide FAQs

Fructo Oligosaccharide FAQs

  • What are the uses of fructooligosaccharides?

    New research has focused on the health benefits of short-chain fructooligosaccharides (scFOS), which are low-calorie, non-digestible carbohydrates that can improve food taste and texture while aiding immunity, bone health, and the growth and balance of important bacteria in the digestive tract.

  • Is Fructooligosaccharides natural?

    Oligosaccharide is sweet-tasting carbohydrates composed of short chains of sugars. They're found naturally in fruits and starchy vegetables because oligosaccharide is prebiotic fibers that cannot be broken down by the human digestive tract, they're considered calorie.

  • Is FOS a sugar?

    Fructooligosaccharide. Fructooligosaccharides (FOS) also sometimes called oligofructose or oligofructose, are oligosaccharide fructans, used as an alternative sweetener. FOS sweetener exhibits sweetness levels between 30 and 50 percent of sugar in commercially prepared syrups.

Are Fructooligosaccharides Safe

The safety of fructooligosaccharides:

In 1982, the Central Research Institute of Japan's Meiji Confectionery Co., Ltd. conducted acute toxicological tests, subacute toxicological tests, and diarrhea tests on the safety of fructooligosaccharides. The results show that: fructooligosaccharides powder and liquid are safe as food and food ingredients. 

The fructooligosaccharides GF1 produced by microbial fructotransferase was later obtained by methylation, gas-liquid chromatography (G LC ), gas chromatography-mass spectrometry (GC-MS) and nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) analysis. The chemical structural formulas of GF2 and GF3, and their mechanism of action is clarified.

On November 22, 2000, the US FDA officially recognized fructooligosaccharide (FOS) as a generally recognized safety grade (GRAS) functional food ingredient, which is the first functional oligosaccharide officially approved by the FDA in history.

It can be seen that oligofructose is safe food, which fully meets the requirements of third-generation health food.

Fructooligosaccharides Side Effects

Similar to isomalto oligosaccharides side effects, the probable side effects of using fructooligosaccharides may include cramps, nausea, bloating, gas and diarrhea.

In some cases, people may be sensitive to the effects of fructooligosaccharides. Among these people, side effects may be felt even after using a small amount of it. Allergic reactions caused by fos sweetener may include:

  • Itching in the throat

  • Puffiness in the eyes, face, and mouth

  • Dizziness, lightheadedness, and fainting

  • Hives, itching, and eczema

Fructo Oligosaccharide

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