MSP Starch Products, the largest potato starch producer in Canada, still markets its own branded finished product called MSPrebiotic using the resistant starch ingredient, but is now also offering the ingredient to the wider food and dietary supplement industries under the brand Solnul.
“Science has shown us the importance of resistant starch. Now, Solnul is here to make resistant starch relevant for product developers in 2020 and beyond. We do this by offering a superior quality RS2 ingredient, which raises the bar for prebiotic and resistant starch categories. By partnering with Solnul, you'll gain access to a product that has over 10 years of microbiome research behind it,” said Jason Leibert, Chief Growth Officer, MSP Starch Products Inc.
As reported earlier this year by NutraIngredients-USA, interest in prebiotics has never been higher. Google Trends data shows that searches using the term ‘prebiotics’ have almost doubled this year compared to five years ago.
According a recent report from industry analyst Julian Mellentin, principal in the firm New Nutrition Business, the coronavirus crisis has boosted interest to unprecedented heights in any product that has even a sideways immunity association. The gut health—immunity tie-in is what’s operative here, and while that is serving to boost interest primarily in probiotics, prebiotics appear to be coming along for the ride.
Solnul offers the market a substantiated prebiotic resistant starch, which significantly increases the abundance of Bifidobacterium, the beneficial bacteria known for its effects on healthy digestion, IBS symptoms and proper immune system function.
MSP Starch Products has invested in the science to support the efficacy of the ingredient, with earlier data showing significant benefits at a daily dose of 30 grams.
A recent low dose clinical study supported the efficacy of a 3.5 grams dose. Findings from the study, which was conducted by Nutrasource, are being prepared for submission for publication in a peer-review journal, the company told us.
“Brands can achieve substantiated structure/function claims that span the categories of GI health, prebiotic benefits, IBS related symptoms, regularity and healthy aging - independently of a probiotic,” said the company in a release. “This is 1/10 of the previously documented dosage, making Solnul the lowest dose of Resistant Starch Type 2 (RS2).”
The brand name of Solnul is derived from the Latin name for potato, Solanum tuberosum, and granule. The ingredient labels as prebiotic dietary fiber and is certified FODMAP Friendly, Gluten-Free, Glyphosate Residue Free, Non-GMO Project Verified and is a member of the Upcycled Food Association.