Hi-Maize Resistant Starch Can Now Be Listed as Dietary Fiber in Canada

July 8, 2013

The approval by Health Canada means products sold in Canada containing Hi-Maize can now list the ingredient as a fiber source in food products.

Health Canada has approved Ingredion’s (Westchester, IL) Hi-Maize resistant starch ingredient as a dietary fiber. The approval means products sold in Canada containing Hi-Maize can now list the ingredient as a fiber source in food products. Hi-Maize is already considered a dietary fiber in the United States.

Resistant starch resists digestion in the small intestine and reaches the large intestine. Hi-Maize resistant starch is isolated from a corn hybrid that is naturally high in amylose content, Ingredion says. The company adds that more than 70 human clinical studies have demonstrated health benefits of Hi-Maize resistant starch, including helping with blood sugar maintenance, satiety, and weight management, and aiding digestive health. The fine, white starch can be used to substitute starch in a variety of foods, including breads, pasta, and baked goods, and can also be included in beverages like as smoothies and shakes.

Earlier this year, Health Canada approved Ingredion's NutraFlora prebiotic fiber as a dietary fiber source.