Beta glucan is type of dietary fiber that is soluble in water, although partially. It plays a crucial role in controlling cholesterol levels, managing blood sugar, and keeping the heart healthy. They are found in oats, whole grains, barley, wheat, and bran. They can also be extracted from cell walls of algae, yeasts, bacteria, lichens, and fungi.  Beta glucans are available in supplement form and are used as food additives in various consumer food products such as frozen desserts and salads.

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Availability of Substitutes to Put Constraints on Market Growth

Beta glucan substitutes have a growing market presence owing to efficient advertising strategies. This can have a negative impact on the global beta glucan market revenue during the forecast period. Additionally, there are certain side-effects associated with beta glucan consumption. For example, AIDS patients who are given beta glucan supplements have been seen to develop thickening of skin on their hands and feet. Beta glucans taken through injections have also caused low blood pressure, white blood cell count decline, and increased urination. These factors can restrict the global beta glucan market potential.

Key Segmentation:

By Source

  • Mushroom
  • Yeast
  • Cereal
  • Seaweed

By Application

  • Food & Beverages Manufacturers
  • Animal Feed
  • Personal Care
  • Pharmaceuticals

By Geography

  • North America
  • Europe
  • Asia Pacific
  • Latin America
  • Middle East & Africa

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Research and Development Get High Priority; Companies Launch Innovative Products

In September 2017, Tate & Lyle’s PromOat Beta Glucan and PrOatein Oat Protein ingredients received Non-GMO Project certification. This development augurs well for the global beta glucan market as it will encourage market incumbents to invest more extensively in research and development activities and come out with innovative products. Companies like Swedish Oat Fiber are ramping up their research by conducting studies to understand various aspects of beta glucan. For instance, a recent study by the company revealed that adding oat beta glucan to instant oatmeal positively impacts glycemia in humans.

Market Potential to be Enhanced with Rising Health Consciousness

With increasing stress-related disorders and rising prevalence of lifestyle-induced diseases such as diabetes and cardiac malfunctions, people across the globe are rapidly altering their food habits. This requires them to reduce their consumption of carbohydrates and fats and increase protein and fiber intake. The global beta glucan market stands to benefit from this development as beta glucan foods are efficient energy sources.

Some of the Main Key Players Covered in the Report:

  • Kerry Group plc
  • Cargill Incorporated
  • EMD Millipore Corporation
  • Tate & Lyle plc
  • Royal DSM
  • Frutarom Industries Ltd.
  • Biotec Pharmacon ASA
  • Swedish Oat Fiber AB
  • Super Beta Glucan

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