Introduction to Beta-Glucan

We are pleased to share the latest edition of our quarterly newsletter with you.

Indeed, we are already more than three months into the year and now may be a good time to take an honest look at where we stand on our New Year’s resolutions. What were they exactly? Being healthy, eating healthy.

In this edition, we continue with our focus on optimal health and nutrition. Non-communicable diseases (obesity, cardiovascular disease, diabetes and cancer) are becoming reasons for concern worldwide and this trend is no less present in the GCC. GCC governments are placing great focus on raising public awareness about these diseases. The focus on reducing such diseases in the GCC is emphasized on both in the UAE Vision 2021 and KSA vision 2030, which outline the concern about the rising rate of these diseases in the GCC.

As per ARDENT Advisory & Accounting, GCC Healthcare Sector Report from Oct 2015, lifestyle diseases form a major category, demanding healthcare attention in the GCC region. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), all GCC countries, except Oman, rank among the top 10 countries with the highest diabetes rates in the world. Kuwait topped the list with 21.1% of its population in the 20 to 79 age group suffering from diabetes. This figure far exceeds the global average of 8.3%.

According to the International Diabetes Federation, based on the study done in 2017 in the UAE, 11.81% of people between the age of 20 and 79 are affected by diabetes.

The score was 13.69% for obese children in the UAE, based on the study of children between the ages of 5 and 17 conducted by Ministry of Health and Prevention in 2017.

The numbers are increasing and worrisome, but the bright side to this is that awareness and knowledge among the consumers are increasing as well. Furthermore, in the consumers’ effort to adopt a healthier lifestyle and to include exercise in their daily routine, we can also see the demand for healthier and fortified foods increasing, and the niche categories growing in the region. Consumers are demanding more from their foods nowadays and are looking for foods to satisfy their daily nutritional and energy needs. Fortunately, there are many options available to achieve this objective.

On the following pages of this newsletter, we bring to you the information about oat beta-glucan, an ingredient that can assist us in the fight against non- communicable diseases.

We also introduce to you the latest solutions by DuPont, new product options available from Fonterra, as well as a brief outlook on the dairy commodities.

We hope you will find this report informative and useful. Please feel free to share your feedback and comments with us and do let us know if there is any topic of interest which you would like us to include in our future newsletters.

We also take this opportunity to wish everyone a blessed Ramadan season, which is now just around the corner.

Thank you from the FSL Team


Oats are an excellent natural source of carbohydrates which help support our vital functions. Whole grain oats include protein and are high in fiber, making them a great addition to balanced nutrition. Oats also include naturally unsaturated fats and different minerals such as iron, phosphorus, zinc and magnesium.

  • ➢ Gives long-lasting energy
  • ➢ Low in FODMAP (Fermentable oligo- di- mono-saccharides and polyols) carbohydrates
  • ➢  Good source of natural plant-based protein
  • ➢  Gentle on the stomach with mildand neutral taste

The consumption of functional foods and drinks is increasing in almost all high-paced societies and is driven by increasing demands for convenience along with health. The busier lifestyles and increasing health issues like obesity, diabetes, cardio-vascular diseases and coronary heart diseases will continue to affect the development and growth of functional foods across the globe.

One of the Ingredients that can help with providing healthy and functional products to your consumers in the region is beta-glucan. The product can be used to add dietary fiber and protein to dairy products, thereby allowing multiple health claims. Besides, beta-glucan also provides textural benefits when used in products.


To reach the heart and cholesterol health claims you need to add 1g of beta glucan per serving.

Example : How to make a health claim in an oat snack bar (30g)

A) 20 g whole grain oat flakes +10g other ingredients

B) 5 g Fazer Aurora Oat Beta Glucan 20 + 25 g other ingredients 

Health claims approved by EFSA (European Food Safety Authority)

1st claim : The beta glucan in oats helps maintain normal blood cholesterol levels (Art.13).

2nd claim : Consuming the beta-glucan in oats as part of a meal helps to limit the increase in blood glucose levels after the meal and evens out major fluctuations in blood sugar levels (Art.13).

3rd claim : The beta-glucan in oats reduces blood cholesterol, which in turn reduces the risk of cardiovascular diseases (Art.14).

4th claim : The fibre in oat grains promotes digestions. Oats increase the amount of mass passing through the digestive system, thereby facilitating intestinal movement. Good digestion maintains heath and helps prevents digestive diseases (Art.13).


A traceable, carefully separated oat product

✓ Incorporate the goodness of oats to your products and brands

✓ Easy to use in a manufacturing process

✓ Suitable for wide range of products applications: bakery and snacking products, mueslis and breakfast cereals drinks and pasta

✓ The high concentration means less is required in the end product to support health claims

✓ Beta glucan is recognized hearth health, cholesterol level lowering and digestive health benefits

✓ Beta glucan can reduce blood postprandial glycemic response


Finnish oats – renowned throughout the world for their high quality

✓ Natural soluble fibre, oat beta glucan, with great nutritional content

✓ Improves the positive health effects of oats

✓ High in fibre and plant protein

✓ Good source of iron, magnesium, zinc, phosphorus and calcium

✓ Clean tasting with a neutral colour and fine flour form

✓ Non GMO

✓ Made with traceable Finnish oats

✓ Fazer Aurora Beta Glucan also available in concentration 10 %

✓ Both beta glucan products with coarse and fine particle sizes

FSL can offer two kinds of oat beta-glucan by Fazer:

  1. OB-10: Contains 8-10% β-Glucan; 26% Dietary Fiber; 20% Protein
  2. BG-20: Contains 20% β-Glucan; 42% Dietary Fiber; 24% Protein


Name                               Fazer Aurora Oat Beta Glucan 20

Product code                  BG20

EAN code                        6419811900869

CN code                          21069098


Oat bran, outer parts of oats


Appearance                          Fine flour

Colour                                   Yellowish beige

Odour                                    Typical neutral oats

Moisture, %                         8,0 ± 1,5

β-glucan, %                         20,0 ± 2,0

Packing size, kg                           20

Packing material                        Paper bag

Pallet size and type                     600

Package markings                      Oat beta glucan




/ 100g

Energy                            kJ / kcal                   1200 / 290

Fat                                   g                                 6,0

saturated fats                g                                 1,0

Carbohydrates              g                                  15

sugars                            g                                  2,0

Dietary fibre                   g                                  42

Protein                           g                                   24

Salt                                 g                                  0, 005


Allergens according to the EU legislation 1169/2011:

As an ingredient

Produced in the same line

Not as ingredient nor in the same line


Wheat, rye, barley

Crustaceans, eggs, fish, peanuts, soybeans, milk (inc.lactose), nuts*, celery, mustard, sesame seed, sulphur dioxide and sulphites, lupin, molluses

*Namely: almonds (Amygdalus communis L.), hazelnuts (Corylus avellana), walnuts (Juglans regia), cashews (Anacardium occidentale), pecan nuts (Carya illinoinensis (Wangenh.) K. Koch), Brazil nuts (Bertholletia excelsa), pistachio nuts (Pistacia vera), macadamia or Queensland nuts (Macadamia temifolia)


Recommended storage conditions                                      Cool, dry and pest free area, keep away from strong odours

Shelf life                                                                                    18 months / 540 days

                                                                                                    Production and best before date are marked on the bag


Country of origin                                                                    Finland

Product safety                                                                         According to the EU legislation 178/2002

Toxins, heavy metals and pesticides                                  According to the EU legislation 1881/2006 and 396/2005

GMO                                                                                         GMO free according to the EU legislation 1829/2003

Other                                                                                        Product is not irradiated

                                                                                                  Change possible depending on the crop quality

Updated                                                                                  11.9.2018