‘Tea Time’ with a difference thanks to BENEO
May 2012 - While taking tea has always been regarded as a more adult pastime, baby food specialist, HIPP, has shown that there is no age barrier to drinking tea. With the introduction of two toothfriendly teas for babies and young children the company expands its baby and children’s tea range still further. These teas include BENEO’s next generation carbohydrate Palatinose™.
The first producer to offer sweetened granulated tea with Palatinose™, carrying the internationally accredited, EFSA approved, Toothfriendly logo. HIPP has chosen to launch the camomile and fennel flavoured teas in Germany and Austria at the present time. The new sweetened granulated teas are suitable for babies from 6 months old, showing that a morning cuppa can be enjoyed by the whole family.
The toothfriendliness of Palatinose™ has been positively evaluated by EFSA and scientifically proven by means of the so-called interdental plaque-pH telemetry. In this procedure a probe is directly attached to the tooth and the pH value in the mouth is measured before, during and after the consumption of the test product. If it doesn’t drop below a value of 5.7 within half an hour after consumption, the product is considered toothfriendly. Food and drink successfully tested for toothfriendliness can be labelled with the “Happy Tooth” signet of the “Toothfriendly Sweets International”.
Derived from beet sugar, BENEO’s Palatinose™ is the first fully digestible, toothfriendly disaccharide, with a low glycaemic Index (GI = 32). Its energy, in the form of glucose, is released in a balanced way and over a longer period of time. Palatinose™ gives products a mild sweetness, is easily dissolvable in liquids and suitable for numerous applications within the food and beverage industry.
The product portfolio of BENEO includes functional ingredients that are extracted from chicory root, beet sugar, rice and wheat, and provide numerous nutritional and technological benefits. Thanks to its many years of experience in the functional food industry as well as the expertise of the BENEO-Institute and the BENEO-Technology Center, BENEO supports food manufacturers in the development of products that have healthy benefits and a well-balanced nutritional value profile without any compromises to taste and texture.
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