Isomaltulose Promotes Fat Burning – Study

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09 Oct 2007 --- The studies examined the effects on different parameters like e.g. plasma glucose and insulin levels, the content of free fatty acids in the blood, as well as its influence on energy production from the body’s carbohydrate or lipid reserves by RQ measurement.

Recent studies confirm that the low-glycemic carbohydrate Palatinose (isomaltulose from Palatinit) promotes utilisation of body fat as energy source and thus improves metabolic fat oxidation in comparison to other carbohydrates. Palatinose is therefore the only carbohydrate to provide a sustained supply of energy in form of glucose, while at the same time supporting fat mobilization.

Scientific studies conducted at reputable research institutes in Germany and Japan have investigated the influence of Palatinose on lipid metabolism. The studies examined the effects of Palatinose on different parameters like e.g. plasma glucose and insulin levels, the content of free fatty acids in the blood, as well as its influence on energy production from the body’s carbohydrate or lipid reserves by RQ (Respiratory Quotient) measurement.

One of the designs compared the effects of a Palatinose to a dextrin-based liquid meal. After consumption, test persons were monitored for a four-hour period during which they were physically inactive. A considerably higher concentration of free fatty acids was found after ingestion of Palatinose™ as compared to the dextrin-based control formula, proving a measurable higher rate of fat oxidation. Moreover, a lower rate of energy production from carbohydrates was noted, while the fat burning rate increased significantly.

Research at the Freiburg University Clinic (Center for Internal Medicine’s Department of Rehabilitation, Prevention and Sports Medicine) studied the effects of sports drinks with and without Palatinose on the use of fat and carbohydrates as source of energy. Male endurance athletes consumed either a sports drink based on low-glycemic Palatinose, one based on high-glycemic maltodextrin, or a carbohydrate-free control solution before, during, and after a test run. Throughout the entire test a lower RQ was measured for Palatinose as compared to maltodextrin, indicating a higher oxidation rate for fat than for carbohydrates. Overall, the proportion of energy supplied by fat was 25 % higher for the Palatinose group than for the maltodextrin group.

Both studies confirm that during activity and at rest Palatinose increases the proportion of total energy requirements produced from fat. Athletes derive dual benefits from the new functional carbohydrate: On the one hand, they profit from a sustained supply of energy provided by Palatinose in form of glucose, on the other hand they can obtain a greater amount of energy from their own body fats, sparing carbohydrate sources and improving performance. Whether for weight management or in support of training: Palatinose opens up new product positioning for manufacturers of functional drinks.

Palatinit will also be presenting new candy and chewing gum concepts with the sugar replacer Isomalt at FiE. Produced from pure beet sugar, it has a mild, sugar-like sweetness profile, while supplying only half as many calories. Moreover, Isomalt is low-glycemic and toothfriendly. Its excellent technological, nutritional, and sensory properties have secured Isomalt’s position as the world’s premier sugar replacer in hard candies. Palatinit will present the latest research results at FiE 2007 (stand G36). 

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