Taiyo’s Sunfiber is now certified as Monash University’s Low FODMAP Fiber

Sunfiber® has become the first fiber and only ingredient which can be called as Monash University Low FODMAP Certified™ product.

What are FODMAPs?

FODMAP stands for “Fermentable Oligo-, Di- and Monosaccharides And Polyols” which means fermentable oligo-, di- and monosaccharides and polyols. FODMAPS means all fermentable single, double and multiple sugars as well as polyvalent sugar alcohols and sugar substitutes. These are fermentable in the intestine, which means that the food components are decomposed with the help of enzymes, in this case derived from bacteria. The nutritional components either occur naturally in fruits or vegetables, or are added within food production.

Bad reputation of FODMAPs

FODMAP symptoms arise when the sugar molecules are poorly absorbed in the small intestine and enter the large intestine, where they are then fermented by the intestinal bacteria. The speed of this fermentation depends on many factors, such as the type and amount of carbohydrates and the composition of the intestinal flora that can digest these FODMAPs.

As a by-product of the fermentation process, gases, e.g. as hydrogen, get released and lead to the aforementioned complaints. The fermentation of carbohydrates in the gut depends on the length of the chain. Since FODMAPs are all short in chain, the fermentation in the intestine is accelerated and can thus quickly lead to discomfort in people suffering from irritable bowel syndrome (IBS).
In addition, FODMAPs are known to have a high-water binding capacity because the molecules are very small. This causes a lot of fluid to accumulate in the intestine, resulting in an increased transport rate that can cause frequent bowel movements or diarrhea.

Low FODMAP foods and ingredients

Monash University has developed a diet to help people cope with IBS and avoid foods that are high in FODMAPs. They offer a certification program that translates the science of a low FODMAP diet into practice. With Sunfiber®, Monash University has now established a program for therapeutic ingredients, and has confirmed that Sunfiber® meets the low FODMAP criteria.

Taiyo is now allowed to use the Monash University Low FODMAP Certified™ icon and trademarks on product packaging, print media, in-store advertising, websites and in social media. Also, it is listed in the Monash University Low FODMAP Diet™ App which is the current No. 1 FODMAP-related app in the world and as well the No. 1 medical app in over 96 countries.

Customers of Sunfiber® will also be able to take advantage of this certification. Taiyo will assist all of its customers with achieving and using this certification in collaboration with Monash University.

In 2016 Sunfiber® already has been confirmed by the FDA as meeting the definition of a dietary fiber. It also achieved Health Canada health claims to treat IBS as well as childhood constipation. Sunfiber® has GRAS status, is Kosher and Halal certified, 100 percent gluten free, vegetarian and Non-GMO Project verified. Over 100 published clinical studies related to digestive health support Sunfiber®. It is tasteless, odorless, colorless and a fiber which is low in viscosity and does not have any negatively alter taste or texture of food or beverages.

For additional information about Sunfiber®, please visit www.Sunfiber.com or contact us at info@taiyogmbh.com

For additional information about FODMAPs, watch the Monash FODMAP Video.