Beneo (Morris Plains, NJ) aims to make healthier snacking a key theme at its booth during the upcoming Institute of Food Technologists Annual Meeting & Food Expo in June. The company says that its chicory root fiber ingredients can provide consumers with benefits like satiety and ultimately help them manage weight.
“Many U.S. consumers today, particularly millennials, are tending to skip meals completely in favor of snacking all day,” said Jon Peters, president, Beneo Inc., in a press release. “They are looking for fast and healthy options that contain benefits beyond just basic nutrition to help sustain their busy lifestyles. This means foods that deliver a beneficial impact on weight and energy management as well as digestive health.” The company says that recent research from the Hartman Group shows that 90% of consumers eat multiple times per day and that 7% of consumers say they forgo meals altogether in favor of all-day snacking.
Beneo says that its ingredients, which provide healthier, reduced-sugar, and high-energy solutions, can play a role in these types of snacks, ensuring that snacks can fuel consumers’ nutrition and energy needs. For instance, by replacing high-glycemic sugars, Beneo’s Palatinose isomaltulose ingredient derived from sugar beet can support healthy metabolism and hence weight management. In addition, Palatinose is a slow-release carbohydrate that serves as a source of sustained energy and, the company says, promotes fat-burning during physical activity. The company's chicory root fiber ingredients also provide satiety and sweetening benefits, enabling consumers to feel fuller for longer.