Longtime carbohydrate nutrition leader Ingredion (Westchester, IL) is introducing to the U.S. a new, clean-label, energy-boosting, slow-digesting carbohydrate at this week’s SupplySide West 2017 show. The ingredient, called Sustra 2434, is a blend of native corn starch and tapioca flour and, according to the company, has been scientifically shown in the company’s proprietary research to promote a lower glycemic index and steadier blood sugar levels over an extended period of time. The result is balanced, long-lasting energy rather than the sharp energy spikes and drops that some other carbohydrates cause.
Sustra 2434 is also a clean-label ingredient, the company says. It is gluten- and FODMAP-free and can carry the claims “low glycemic index” and “sustained blood glucose.” It is also certified non-GMO by Ingredion’s own TrueTrace traceability program.
Sustra 2434 is geared toward manufacturers looking to create energy-focused nutritional bars, shakes, mixes, snacks, and supplements, Ingredion says. It has both a clean taste and appealing consistency, the firm says.
“Unlike some carbohydrates that cause a sharp spike followed by a drop in blood sugar, leading to a ‘crash,’ Sustra 2434 slowly digestible carbohydrate is designed to be slowly digested and produce a reduced glycemic response, an effect that has been confirmed in clinical studies,” added Maria Stewart, PhD, clinical research lead at Ingredion, in a press release.