Study Aims to Pinpoint Ideal Polydextrose Dose for Reducing Caloric Intake

June 6, 2013

The highest dose was found to promote the greatest feeling of fullness, indicating a dose-dependent effect.

A recently published study tested varying doses of DuPont Danisco’s (Reigate, UK) Litesse Ultra polydextrose ingredient to see which dose would provide the highest impact on satiety and reduce caloric intake. The highest dose was found to promote the greatest feeling of fullness, indicating a dose-dependent effect.

The randomized, crossover study involved 21 subjects (12 men, 9 women) who were healthy and of normal weight (BMI<25). Subjects were given chocolate milk drinks comprising an equal number of calories and varying doses of Litesse Ultra, ranging form 0 to 25 g. Subjects ingested this drink mid-morning, 90 minutes prior to being served an unlimited pasta meal during which researchers determined the amount of calories subjects consumed before they declared themselves to be comfortably full.

Subjects given drinks with 6.3, 12.5, and 25 g of Litesse Ultra consumed significantly fewer calories compared to the non-polydextrose control group, the company says. Additionally, consumption of 25 g of polydextrose led to the lowest caloric intake, indicating that the polydextrose has a dose-dependent effect on satiety. Also, the 12.5- and 25-g doses were linked to a lower total caloric intake over the course of the entire day.

“A number of earlier studies have documented the ability of polydextrose to promote satiety. This latest research provides greater insight into the optimal dose of polydextrose required to achieve this effect and its potential as part of a weight-management regime,” said Michael Bond, health platform leader, DuPont Nutrition & Health, in a press release.

Litesse Ultra contributes just 1kcal/g. The study has been published in the British Journal of Nutrition.

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