466390 Enzymatic Production of Prebiotic Fructo Oligosteviol Glycosides

Monday, November 14, 2016
Grand Ballroom B (Hilton San Francisco Union Square)
Peter Czermak, IBPT, Mittelhessen University of Applied Sciences Giessen, Giessen, Germany and Sebastian Spohner, Project Group Bioresources, Fraunhofer Institute IME, Giessen, Germany

Fructo-oligosaccharides are low-caloric sweeteners with 30-50% of the sweetness of sucrose. They are also used as functional food ingredients due to their prebiotic properties, i.e. they stimulate the growth and activity of lactobacilli and bifidobacteria in the digestive tract. Such compounds are normally extracted from chicory, but they can also be produced enzymatically from sucrose using fructosyltransferases. Steviol glycosides are naturally sweet constituents of Stevia rebaudiana, a plant species native to subtropical and tropical regions of western North America and South America. But even highly purified steviol glycosides retain attributes such as bitterness, sweet aftertaste and liquorice flavour, which reflect their degree of glycosylation. Here we describe the enzymatic two-stage conversion of steviol glycosides to prebiotic fructo-oligosteviol glycosides. The steviol glycosides are initially transfructosylated by Microbacterium saccharopilum fructosyltransferase and in the second stage the fructosyl chain is elongated by Aspergillus terreus fructosyltransferase. The product combines the prebiotic functionality and palatability of fructooligosaccharides with the sweetness of native steviol glycosides.

Extended Abstract: File Not Uploaded