sc-FOS and MOS: Which ingredient is best used in pet food to achieve maximum benefits? New comparative research by Galam sheds light on some of the differences between sc-FOS and MOS.
sc-FOS (short-chain fructo-oligosaccharides) and MOS (mannan-oligosaccharides) are non-digestible oligosaccharides that can help beneficial gut bacteria and support the body’s immune function.
What are sc-FOS and MOS?
sc-FOS is a pure prebiotic dietary fiber scientifically verified to support the digestive and immune health of pets, alongside a myriad of beneficial attributes. It serves as a preferred substrate, promoting the growth of beneficial gut and colonic bacteria and inhibiting colonization by pathogenic bacteria.
MOS’ mode of action results in potential pathogens flowing out of the intestine, allowing beneficial microorganisms a higher opportunity to colonize. Although there are no pure MOS products in the market, adding MOS to pet formulations is expected to result in potentially reduced pathogen risk.
sc-FOS versus MOS in research
Although they share some similarities, sc-FOS has a more complete prebiotic characteristic and different mechanisms of action, which may lead to different physiological effects on pets’ digestive and overall health. To better map the differences, Galam conducted a comparative trial employing a model of dog feces. (Read the full article: http://bit.ly/3XjtUR4)
The results show sc-FOS’ improved prebiotic effect when compared to MOS.
The study demonstrates that sc-FOS is characterized by an improved ability to stimulate the growth and activity of bacterial populations, leading to increased release of metabolites, such as SCFA, and stronger acidification of the colon when compared to MOS. In addition, sc-FOS has a reduced ability to induce the growth of pathogenic bacteria, resulting in lower concentrations of ammonia when compared to MOS. Once incorporated into dog foods, this effect may help reduce unwanted odors and risks associated with ammonia accumulation.
Formulate for better effect
The scientific study of the effects of sc-FOS and MOS on pet health can help deliver better results. Understanding its benefits, formulators can easily incorporate GOFOSTM, a high-quality sc-FOS, in all types of pet foods. This versatile dietary fiber manufactured by Galam is part of the company’s strong portfolio of innovative ingredients.
Although MOS contributes mainly to immuno- stimulation, while sc-FOS has a more complete prebiotic activity, formulators may consider the addition of both sc-FOS and MOS to provide enhanced benefits.
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