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1. A polysaccharide of fructose (for example, inulin) containing small amounts of other sugars; present in certain tubers. Synonym(s): fructan, levan, levulan, levulin, levulosan, polyfructose
2. 2,6-Anhydrofructofuranose.
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Fructan is a natural fiber that has been found to help boost Calcium absorption.
Fructans are considered to inhibit the production of protein-fermentative end-products (excreta odor components) (Gibson and Roberfroid, 1995).
Thus the fructan beet might replace expensive semi-synthetic methods of preparing this alternative sweetener.
Fructans are made of chains of primarily fructose molecules--the same sugar that gives fruits their sweet taste.
The Dutch researchers don't yet understand how fructans help plants resist the effects of drought.
It remains to be seen whether fructan beet production can be scaled up to commercial levels, McGloughlin cautions, but getting efficient synthesis is "a big step forward.
Frost & Sullivan's expert analysts thoroughly examine the following market segments: Fructans, Mannans and also other prebiotic applications as described above.
Table 60: European Fructan Prebiotics Market for Animal
Inulin, a fructan with a degree of polymerization (DP) that ranges from 2 monomers to 65 monomers, consists of linear chains of fructose linked by [beta](2-->1) bonds that terminate with a glucose monomer.
Steven Abrams at the USDA/ARS Children's Nutrition Research Center, Baylor College of Medicine investigated the effect of Raftilose[R] Synergy I and FOS, a short chain fructan, in enhancing calcium absorption.
In a recent paper published in the journal Theoretical and Applied Genetics, ARS researchers reported on a valuable gene that appears closely involved in fructan accumulation.