A new digestion resistant starch for use in low-carb products is to be marketed as a result of a deal between MGP Ingredients and Cargill.
Called Fibersym HA, the starch is derived from high amylose corn and is ideal for use in foods with a lower net carbohydrate content (calculated by subtracting sugar alcohols and dietary fibre from total carbohydrate).
Delivering more than 70% dietary fibre, the digestion resistant starch greatly reduces net carbohydrate levels in foods. Potential applications include breads, tortillas, pizza crust, cookies, muffins, waffles, breakfast cereals, snack products and nutritional bars.
Formerly known as FiberStar, MGPI's line of digestion resistant starches was recently renamed Fibersym to convey its similarities to fibre.
"With increasing concerns about health and wellness, market interest in ingredients like Fibersym is growing because consumers are seeking products that are higher in fibre and lower in net carbs," says Creager Simpson, president of Cargill Food & Pharma Specialties.
These resistant starches also possess low water-holding capacity, enabling high levels to be included in products with minimal formulation changes.
Under the five-year deal Cargill will produce the starch, but both companies will market the product and share the profits.