Isomaltooligosaccharide (IMO) is a mixture of short-chain carbohydrates, which has a digestion-resistant property. IMO is found naturally in some foods, as well as being manufactured commercially. The raw material used for manufacturing IMO is starch, which is enzymatically converted into a mixture of isomaltooligosaccharides. The term "oligosaccharide" encompasses carbohydrates that are larger than simple di- or tri-saccharides, but smaller than polysaccharides (greater than 10 units). IMO's have about half the calories of sugar and offers a low glycemic index; however, at about 35, it is not really suitable for diabetics. IMO's add fiber to the diet and is considered a prebiotic which has been shown to promote the growth of beneficial bacteria in the colon. It has also been show to assist the body's ability to absorb minerals from food and can potentially reduce cholesterol and triglycerides.
IMO's are a natural, plant-based solution when replacing sugar that is considered a prebiotic, soluble and low-glycemic. A Prebiotic is a category of functional foods that ferment in the large intestine and aid in the development of microbiota. Prebiotic fiber food helps to contribute to our overall gut health and wellness. Dietary fibers are plant-based and pass through our digestive system without being broken down.
Keystone offers many other sugar substitutes besides Isomalto oligosaccharide and invites you to design the exact coating you desire. To learn more about other sugar replacements, please visit our Sweeteners section or contact our sales team to discuss in detail.