Oatwell wins innovative product award at FI South America
DSM’s heart health ingredient OatWell oat beta-glucan has been named one of the most innovative products of the year at the Food Ingredients South America (FiSA) awards 2013.
Beta-glucan, a soluble fibre found in oats, is a naturally-derived ingredient that is particularly well-known for its heart health benefits, and also helps to lower cholesterol and the associated risk of cardiovascular disease (CVD). Multiple clinical studies show that three grams of beta-glucan per day lowers cardiovascular disease risk by as much as 20%.
OatWell brand oat beta-glucan is a recent addition to DSM’s health ingredient portfolio, following the acquisition of the OatWell brand from Swedish Oat Fiber earlier this year. Oat beta-glucan was awarded positive opinions from the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA), and the European Commission has authorised Article 14 health claims for cholesterol reduction and the associated reduced risk of developing heart disease, as well as Article 13.1 claims for digestive health and blood glucose control.
Ruedi Duss, global business manager for OatWell at DSM Nutritional Products, said:
DSM is working with its customers to build awareness amongst consumers of the benefits of oat beta-glucan and the Friend OatWell brand has been developed to communicate the benefits on consumer product packaging. OatWell is available in flour or powder format, and is suitable for use in applications ranging from breads, biscuits and cereals to pasta, beverages, instant powder drinks and dietary supplements.