As mentioned earlier, not all fibres are created equal and in opposition to the limitations listed above a start-up company has found a way to turn the sugarcane into a total dietary fibre supplement (sucrose removed) — The product, Kfibre proposes excellent gut health management potential. It is a whole-plant complex dietary fibre sourced from virgin processed sugarcane and manufactured by using organic processing principles (minimally processed, low heat, no chemicals, GMO free) to remove sucrose and retain the biochemical complexity of both soluble and insoluble dietary fibres in addition to preserving other phytonutrients and antioxidants inherently available in sugarcane.
The virgin sugarcane dietary fibre is high in soluble and insoluble dietary fibre, is low in calories, imparts low GI benefits to blended foods, is low FODMAP-accredited, gluten and food allergen free.
Due to the retention of biochemical complexity, phytonutrients and the intact insoluble and soluble fibre fractions the sugarcane fibre has been shown to ferment at a more uniform rate through the entire colon length nourishing the proximal and importantly the distal colon.
University research has confirmed the excellent potential of this fibre in areas such as colonic inflammation, gut barrier integrity, influence the microbial diversity and boost the levels of SCFAs along the entire colon length. In these studies, the anti-inflammatory benefits boosted even further when Kfibre was paired with a fibre-digesting probiotic bacterium as synbiotic. In addition, in a recent pilot clinical study, 3-week consumption of Kfibre showed marked reduction in digestive symptoms (heartburn, acid regurgitation, and total symptoms scores) in first time sufferers reporting heartburn.
This virgin sugarcane fibre was created in 2006 and in that time much research has demonstrated it may be a powerful new player in the “food is medicine” space and deliver the prebiotic health promises that have not been delivered by the isolated and purified soluble fibre market leaders.
The virgin sugarcane fibre product, “Kfibre” is already approved and on the market and if there is a conclusions to this review , the science says “if you take an isolated soluble only fibre supplement for gut health reasons, make the change to this whole plant vegetable fibre”.