Chicory root can be found on a label under many different names: chicory root fiber, chicory root extract, inulin, oligofructose, or fructo-oligosaccharide. With the current supply chain stresses, chicory root is in short supply and difficult to source. It is a versatile ingredient with several different uses across the food industry. Focusing on the function chicory root is performing in your product can help lead the way to finding the right replacement.
Inulin: If your ingredient legend declares 'inulin,' it can be sourced from Jerusalem artichoke instead of chicory root without any need for a label change.
Fiber Source: Soluble corn fiber and polydextrose are both clean tasting fibers that, like chicory root, are allowed to be declared as dietary fiber under the new FDA nutrition label guidelines. They also have the benefit of adding fiber without an unnecessary change in texture or viscosity.
Prebiotic: Prebiotics are fibers that help maintain a healthy digestive system. Oat and lentil derived fibers can be used as a prebiotic in place of inulin.
Bulking agent: Polydextrose or maltodextrin can be used as bulking agents that help disperse concentrated active ingredients without effecting overall product performance.
Sugar replacer: Allulose and erythritol are both low calorie sugars with about 70% of the sweetness of regular sucrose. They are available in liquid and powder form and have roughly the same use rate of chicory root fiber when used for sugar replacement.
Creamy mouthfeel: Konjac flour can replace inulin to build creaminess in low-fat or fat-free foods. Konjac is a thickening agent, so gums in the formula, like guar and locust bean gum, should be decreased when it is added.
In some instances, a custom ingredient blend may be required to achieve fiber's desired functionality in a product. Whether you're developing a new product or changing your recipe, IFPC can supply an expertly formulated ingredient blend. Our in-house R&D experts work closely with you and your team to create the solutions you need.
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