GENEVA, ILLINOIS, U.S.  — Roquette is introducing Nutriose soluble fiber obtained from yellow peas (Pisum sativum) as a food ingredient in the United States. The pea fiber offers the same nutritional, health and technical advantages as wheat-based or corn-based Nutriose fiber, but the pea fiber is not a major allergen.

“The yellow pea has a reliable origin,” said Renée Beall, food marketing manager for Roquette. “It is non-GMO, gluten-free, halal and kosher certified and is not a major allergen. In environmental terms, the yellow pea is an exemplary food to grow. It helps to strengthen biodiversity. By fixing nitrogen, it nourishes the soil instead of depleting it, and it requires little water compared to other irrigated sources.”

Other Nutriose fibers are sourced from non-bioengineered/non-GMO wheat and corn. The Nutriose fibers fall under the category of resistant maltodextrin/dextrin. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration in the June 15 issue of the Federal Register said it would allow resistant maltodextrin/dextrin to be labeled as fiber on ingredient lists.