Submitted to: Journal of Association of Official Analytical Chemists International
Publication Type: Book / Chapter
Publication Acceptance Date: March 27, 2000
Publication Date: N/A
Interpretive Summary: Many diets are recognized to be high in saturated fat and low in dietary fiber. Oatrim and NutrimX are invention products of ARS that were created to decrease calories, especially saturated fat, and to increase dietary fiber in foods. The two dietary fiber products add health benefits to foods. They are prepared from oat or barley grain or their by-products. They were designed to give desirable taste and mouthfeel properties similar to the usual full-fat foods. More healthy forms of meats, cheeses, baked foods, and desserts are possible by using these ingredients. The farmer, manufacturer, exporter, and consumer all benefit by the utilization of these products to produce more nutritious foods. Oatrim and NutrimX are also finding opportunities in replacing saturated fats from coconut cream and butter in the export markets.
Technical Abstract: The technological development of Oatrim has produced a unique soluble fiber material derived from oats with the potential to improve public health worldwide. The consumption of foods high in saturated and trans fats appears to be an increasing public health problem. Alternative foods and nutritional supplements are becoming more popular items. Oatrim illustrates the availability and use of a soluble fiber ingredient which can add health benefits and nutritional properties to foods. Foods containing Oatrim have sales in multimillions of dollars in the United States. It is used in a wide variety of health and nutrition related foods, particularly reduced-fat cookies, cereal bars, muffins, beverages, and meats. NutrimX is a new source of soluble beta-glucan ingredients for use in nutraceutical and nutritional supplement products. NutrimX from oat flour is called Nutrim-5, and pilot plant quantities are available for use in nutraceuticals or nutritional supplements. Besides increasing nutritional quality, Nutrim-5 can increase the health benefits of foods.