Cluster Dextrin® (Highly Branched Cyclic Dextrin) is a new type of dextrin that is produced from amylopectin via a cyclization reaction of a branching enzyme (BE, 1,4-α-D-glucan: 1,4-α-D-glucan 6-α-D-(1,4-α-D-glucano)-transferase, EC 188.8.131.52). Ezaki Glico has successfully achieved industrial production of Cluster Dextrin® by applying its unique technology in enzymology. Glico has taken out substance and production patents for this product in Japan, the USA, and Europe. In addition, Glico obtained Self Affirmed GRAS (Generally Recognized as Safe) status for Cluster Dextrin® in July 2008.
|1)||Cluster Dextrin® is highly soluble in water, and the solution is highly stable during storage. Cluster Dextrin® contributes little to osmotic pressure, and has a relatively low propensity for retrogradation, sludging, and/or caking of a clear solution.|
|2)||Cluster Dextrin® has relatively long side chains, and these chains are considered to adopt a helical conformation. Such helical structures can form inclusion complexes with guest molecules such as organic acids.|
|3)||Cluster Dextrin® hardly absorbs moisture. Furthermore, Cluster Dextrin® hardly causes any browning reaction. These properties make Cluster Dextrin® excellent for use in a spray-drying aid.|
|4)||Cluster Dextrin® is completely degraded to glucose with a homogenate of rat intestine (including digestive enzymes) at a rate comparable to that of a conventional dextrin.|
|5)||The sweetness of Cluster Dextrin® is low compared with the sweetness of dextrins with a relatively high DE.|
|6)||Cluster Dextrin® has low unfavorable taste derived from starch compared with other dextrins.|
Cluster Dextrin® has been on the market in Japan since 2002 as a food material, and is used in sports nutrition, and to improve the taste or physical properties of food.
Uses of Cluster Dextrin® include as a component of a sports drink and as a spray-drying aid.
Glico Nutrition Co., Ltd., Fine Chemicals Sales Department
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