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Food ingredient company Holista CollTech has developed a breakthrough noodle formula certified to have a low Glycemic Index (GI).

The noodles, developed by Holista's Buffalo, a subsidiary of Holista Foods, recorded a GI reading of 38 in independent tests conducted by Glycemic Index Laboratories Inc in Canada.

The global average GI reading for noodles is 60.

In addition to the low GI reading, each 85g serving of noodles contains 11 grams of protein, three grams of fibre, zero sugar, low sodium, low cholesterol and clean label ingredients (no artificial ingredients or preservatives) and cooks in three minutes.

Holista Foods will showcase the low-GI noodles at the 2017 Food & Nutrition Conference & Expo this month, and at the 2017 Diabetes Canada/ CSEM Professional Conference next month.

According to market research group Statista, nearly half the world's wheat is consumed as noodles, with China and Indonesia topping the list. A quarter is consumed as bread.

The US noodle market is worth US$270 million.

The World Instant Noodles Association reports that global demand for instant noodles declined from 106 billion servings in 2013 to 97.5 billion servings in 2016 as consumers continue to reduce the amount of processed foods, especially carbohydrates, from their diet.

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