ß-glucan is a natural soluble fibre, which forms viscous aqueous solutions and increases the viscosity of gut contents in the human alimentary tract. Soluble fibers are quite sought in human nutrition. Kew words: bakers yeast,oat,barley, markettrends
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Beta-glucans (BGs) occurs in the bran of barley, oats, and wheat , and can also be extracted from the cell walls of bakers yeast (Saccharomyces cerevisiae). BGs consist of linear unbranched polysaccharides oflinked b-(1à 3)- and b-(1 à 4)-D-glucopyranose units.
Properly extracted Beta 1, 3-D glucan has been shown to be completely safe and non-toxic. Glucans are polymers of glucose. Beta-glucan is a water-soluble fiber that cannot be digested by human enzymes, but is degraded by bacteria in the colon into short-chain fatty acids (SCFAs), an important fuel of the colonic mucosa.2 Rolled oats contain 4% beta-glucans and oat bran contains 7-9% beta-glucans.
Viscosity properties of BG can be used in the bakery industry in products such as biscuits and pastas. Its use could also include frozen desserts, breakfast foods, beverages, meats, non-dairy creamers, and canned soups, especially as fat replacers.
- The cheese industry can benefit from beta-glucans, as it can improve the cheese structure. Beta-glucans are indeed able to optimize the process of raw material.
- The combination of inuline and beta-glucan has also very interesting properties that can be used as fat-replacers in products such as low-fat ice-creams. This has been proved to be very successful.
In cosmetics, ß-glucan’s immune functions can help supporting the Langerhans cells immune system’s ability declining with age.
Some Labs are doing some research to develop 1,3- ß-glucan synthesis inhibitors to control P.carinii pneumonia which is a major cause of death in AIDS. Merck in 2001 launched Caspofungin, an antifungal drug.