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Scientific Opinion on the substantiation of a health claim related to Teestar™, a fenugreek seed extract standardised by its content of galactomannan, and a reduction of post-prandial glycaemic responses pursuant to Article 13(5) of Regulation (EC) No 1924/2006

Authors

  • EFSA Panel on Dietetic Products, Nutrition and Allergies (NDA)


  • Panel members: Carlo Agostoni, Roberto Berni Canani, Susan Fairweather-Tait, Marina Heinonen, Hannu Korhonen, Sébastien La Vieille, Rosangela Marchelli, Ambroise Martin, Androniki Naska, Monika Neuhäuser-Berthold, Grażyna Nowicka, Yolanda Sanz, Alfonso Siani, Anders Sjödin, Martin Stern, Sean (J.J.) Strain, Inge Tetens, Daniel Tomé, Dominique Turck and Hans Verhagen.
  • Correspondence: nda@efsa.europa.eu
  • Acknowledgement: The Panel wishes to thank the members of the Working Group on Claims: Carlo Agostoni, Jean-Louis Bresson, Susan Fairweather-Tait, Marina Heinonen, Ambroise Martin, Hildegard Przyrembel, Yolanda Sanz, Alfonso Siani, Anders Sjödin, Sean (J.J.) Strain, Inge Tetens, Hendrik Van Loveren, Hans Verhagen and Peter Willatts for the preparatory work on this scientific opinion.
  • Adoption date: 11 December 2014
  • Published date: 8 January 2015
  • Question number: EFSA-Q-2014-00153
  • On request from: Competent Authority of France

Abstract

Following an application from Avesthagen Limited, submitted for authorisation of a health claim pursuant to Article 13(5) of Regulation (EC) No 1924/2006 via the Competent Authority of France, the EFSA Panel on Dietetic Products, Nutrition and Allergies (NDA) was asked to deliver an opinion on the scientific substantiation of a health claim related to Teestar™ and a reduction of post-prandial glycaemic responses. The Panel considers that the food, Teestar™, a fenugreek seed extract standardised by its content of galactomannan, is sufficiently characterised. A reduction of post-prandial glycaemic responses might be a beneficial physiological effect. The applicant submitted one unpublished and eight published human studies as being pertinent to the health claim. No conclusions can be drawn from the eight published studies, as they were not carried out with Teestar™ or any other fenugreek seed extract which complied with the specifications of the food which is the subject of the claim. In one unpublished study, the consumption of Teestar™ did not lead to a reduction in mean peak post-prandial blood glucose concentrations, which was the primary endpoint of the study. The Panel concludes that a cause and effect relationship has not been established between the consumption of Teestar™, a fenugreek seed extract standardised by its content of galactomannan, and a reduction of post-prandial glycaemic responses.

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