ASX-listed Holista and Swiss Bakery ingredients specialist Veripan will develop PANATURA® GI, a blend of sourdough and patented formula of okra, lentils, barley and fenugreek- to produce white bread with lowest glycemic index. The innovation dramatically reduces the GI for white flour-based foods such as sandwich bread, muffins and biscuits.
Glycemic index (GI) is an indicator of different carbohydrate-containing foods’ ability to raise blood glucose. GI values are measured using methods such as clinical trials, which are only provided by select nutrition researchers worldwide.
Foods with a high GI score contain rapidly digested carbohydrates, which trigger a large and rapid rise in the levels of blood glucose and insulin. Experts believe that peaks in insulin levels are directly related to obesity, Type-2 diabetes and risk of heart disease. In contrast, low-GI foods contain slowly digested carbohydrates, which produce a gradual, relatively low rise in blood glucose and insulin levels.
According to public health experts, rising consumption of white flour-based products is leading to a “metabolic syndrome” epidemic, characterised by obesity, diabetes and heart disease.
Recently, Australia Securities Exchange-listed Holista CollTech Limited announced a global scientific breakthrough, validated by a leading University in Sydney- a blend of natural ingredients that significantly reduces blood sugar levels caused by consuming white bread and other baked products.
The University conducted the final clinical study in December 2015 together with biotechnology firm Holista and Switzerland-based Veripan AG, Europe’s largest independent supplier of specialty baking ingredients.
The study confirms that white bread blended with Holista’s proprietary GI Lite formula – made from extracts of okra (ladies’ fingers), dhal (lentils), barley and fenugreek – and Veripan’s natural sourdough PANATURA® recorded a Glycemic Index (GI) reading of 53, the lowest level ever achieved worldwide by any clean-label white bread.
Legitimate testing services are currently only provided by a few nutrition research groups worldwide. The Australian University’s research team has been at the forefront of GI research for over a decade, and has determined the GI values of more than 2,500 foods.
Holista and Veripan will jointly distribute PANATURA® GI, enabling clients to launch the world’s first clean-label low-GI white bread or “diabetic bread”. The two companies will target Australia first, followed by Europe, North America, China, India and the rest of Asia. The global white bread market is worth US$170 billion.