Xylo-oligosaccharide (XOS) is a low degree sugar polymer considered as potential non-digestible sugar and known for its characteristic dietary fibers. Xylo-oligosaccharides were in use since ancient time but it were not popular compared to other carbohydrates such as sugar and edible polymer. Xylo-oligosaccharides are naturally found in fruits, vegetables, bamboo shoots, milk, honey and others. Utility of xylo-oligosaccharides are not only limited for its neutraceuticals properties but it is also widely used in food and beverages industry and as a source of animal feed.
Xylo-oligosaccharides have economic benefits as it can be produced from agricultural waste. The waste generated from agro industries mainly consists of plant biomass that can be converted into non-digestible sugars. XOS have great potential as a prebiotic, which helps in reduction of LDL cholesterol, maintaining intestinal pH value, and improves immunological systems.
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Among applications, neutraceuticals & pharmaceuticals segment accounted for the highest market share in the global xylo-oligosaccharides market in 2017. This is due to various advantages of XOS such as water binding capacity, sweetening ability, and fat replacement value. Moreover, xylo-oligosaccharides have a host of health benefits such as it act as an anti-allergic, antioxidant, and anti-inflammatory. Such advantages will attract more pharmaceuticals & neutraceuticals companies to adopt xylo-oligosaccharides as a non-digestible sugar in their products.
North America held the highest market share in the global xylo-oligosaccharides market in 2017 and is projected to remain the dominant region during the forecast period. This is due to rising health awareness among consumers. According to U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, 3.9 million adult population consumed prebiotic or probiotic products in 2016.
On the basis of product type, the global xylo-oligosaccharides market is segmented into:
On the basis of application, the global xylo-oligosaccharides market is segmented into:
Neutraceuticals & Pharmaceuticals
Food & Beverages
Key players operating in the global xylo-oligosaccharides market include Fengyuan Zhongke, Hebi Taixin, Hengfeng Sugar, Huaian Baimai Keyu, Kanwei Biologic, Longlive, Suntory,Suzhou Xiankuo, and Yatai.
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