Polydextrose: its impact on short-term food intake and subjective feelings of satiety in males-a randomized controlled cross-over study

Dinesh Viren Ranawana, Adelaide Muller, C Jeya K Henry

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PURPOSE: Polydextrose is a low-calorie highly branched-chain glucose polymer that is poorly digested in the upper gastrointestinal tract and therefore demonstrates fibre-like properties. Fibre has been shown to increase satiety and possibly reduce food intake. Therefore, the objective of the current study was to examine the effects of polydextrose on short-term satiety and energy intake.

METHODS: In a repeated-measures randomized blind cross-over design, 26 healthy males consumed a 400-g fruit smoothie containing 12 g (3 %) of polydextrose, and a buffet lunch 60 min after the smoothie. Motivational ratings for satiety and palatability and lunch energy intake were measured. The effects of the polydextrose-containing smoothie were compared against a polydextrose-free control smoothie.

RESULTS: Polydextrose did not significantly alter the taste and palatability of the fruit smoothie. Consuming the polydextrose-containing smoothie resulted in a significantly lower energy intake at lunch (102 kcal less) compared to the control.

CONCLUSION: Polydextrose may be a good fortificant for reducing short-term food intake.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)885-93
Number of pages9
JournalZeitschrift für Ernährungswissenschaft
Issue number3
Early online date21 Jun 2012
Publication statusPublished - Apr 2013

Bibliographical note

The authors are grateful to Danisco A/S for facilitating the study through an unconditional grant and to the participants for taking part in the study. After the completion of the study
Viren Ranawana joined the Singapore Institute for Clinical Sciences. Adelaide Muller was on a research placement at OBU and has since returned to her University, Polytech’Clermont-Ferrand, France.


  • Adult
  • Appetite Regulation
  • Beverages
  • Cross-Over Studies
  • Diet, Reducing
  • Energy Intake
  • Food Additives
  • Food Preferences
  • Fruit
  • Glucans
  • Great Britain
  • Humans
  • Hyperphagia
  • Lunch
  • Male
  • Satiety Response
  • Single-Blind Method
  • Snacks
  • Young Adult


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