19 Jul 2017

Trouble Shooting Tips for Formulating Plant-Based Protein Beverages

The growing desire of mainstream consumers’ focus on leading a more healthful lifestyle is driving today’s trend for protein beverages.

However, formulating protein beverages to take advantage of this trend, can be a bit of a challenge.  Here are eight tips from Dealers Ingredients Product Development team, creators of Profi, the award-winning* plant-based protein, to help get you started when creating your own-plant-based instant beverage mix concepts.

  • Are you planning to make a protein claim with your plant-based protein beverage? If yes, then, you need to calculate your protein rating which is determined by the PER (Protein Efficiency Ratio) x RDI (ie. quantity of protein in a reasonable daily intake). For example, if the protein(s) selected has a protein rating of 20 g or more you can then make a claim of “excellent source of protein” in Canada.

 

  • It is important to use some type of thickening agent such as guar gum to provide mouthfeel and to suspend the proteins when mixed in liquids.

 

  • In general, there is an expectation that protein powder beverages will taste sweet. Sugar can be used. However, scoop size would be very large and many consumers are not in favour of sugar. To reduce the sugar content, alternative, approved sweeteners are recommended. For example, in Canada sucralose is 600x as sweet as sugar, stevia extract is approx. 200x as sweet and aspartame is 160x as sweet as sugar.

 

  • As sweeteners tend to be used in small quantities, it is important to pre-blend them with the other dry ingredients prior to mixing them into the full batch.

 

  • Flavours 
    • If creating a chocolate protein beverage, it is important to test a wide range of chocolate or cocoa powders to obtain the right range of characteristics. Colour, taste and bitterness all have a significant impact on consumer perception of the final product.
    • If creating a vanilla protein beverage, it is important to test a wide range of vanilla flavours as they vary from woody, to fruity, to floral, to spicy and there are a wide range of strengths.

 

  • Salt is quite important especially when developing a chocolate flavoured beverage. Chocolate beverages without saltiness will not taste like chocolate. Sodium content is an area consumers are paying a lot of attention to and it is important to target not to be less than 400mg per serving. Akzo Nobel’s OneGrain can help replace salt on a 1 to 1 basis, with sodium being reduced by up to 50%.

 

  • Always test the dry mix using a variety of mixing options (ie. shaker, spoon, blender, etc.) as a variety of mixing options will provide different results in terms of viscosity, foaming and the solubility of the mixture.

 

  • Internal competitive taste test analysis that focus on flavour identification, strength of sweetness, mouthfeel and cleanliness will provide an ideal measurement of consumer acceptance of the product.

 

Do you have additional questions on how to work with plant-based proteins such as Profi™ Complete High Protein Plant-Based Proteins*, Natralein™ Pea or Brown Rice Proteins or Akzo Nobel OneGrain Salt Replacer?

Contact your Dealers Ingredients Sales Consultant or 905 458 7766 or info@dealersingredients.com for additional support and requests for samples.

*Profi, Complete High Protein Plant-Based Composite (HPPC), winner of 2016 DUX Ingredients and Technology award and 2x Finalist in 2016 CTAQ Food Innovation Award, Specialty Products Category.

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19 Jul 2017

Why Shy Away From Soy and Soy Protein?

Although, soy and soy protein are often promoted as a healthy choice, there are several reasons why we recommend shying away from soy. Here are our top 5 reasons:

1. Soy is an Allergen. According to Health Canada the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA), allergy associations and the medical community, soy has been identified as one of the ten priority food allergens. A priority food allergen is a substance identified by the organizations and associations listed above as most frequently associated with food allergies and allergic-type reactions. (1)

2. 94% of Soy is Genetically Modified. (2) According to the USDA, the percentage of genetically engineered (GE) soybean in US reached 94% level in 2016. Although, not as high as the US, according to Statistics Canada, 58% of soybeans in Quebec and 61% of soybeans in Ontario were GM in 2014.(3)  In Canada, GM foods do not have to be labeled. However, some food companies have chosen to label their products as “non-GMO”.

3. Taste is Unappealing. Taking just a sip or two after mixing a scoop of soy protein powder in a cup of water is all it takes for many people to decide that “it tastes so bad that they can’t get it down.” “The search for a better-tasting soy protein “may be fruitless because the best soy protein powders are designed to deliver the maximum amount of protein and are mass produced to accommodate many palates.”(4)

4. Soy is a trypsin inhibitor (5). Trypsin is a protein-digesting enzyme that is produced in the pancreas. Inhibiting protein digestion could lead to digestive distress including feeling gassy, bloated, pain and diarrhea.
However, if soy is fermented (ie. natto, tempeh, tamari and miso), it is expected most of the trypsin inhibitors are removed. So, it is better to consume fermented than non-fermented soy for health reasons.

5. Soy contains phytates. Phytates are the substance that blocks the absorption of essential minerals such as calcium, magnesium, copper, iron and zinc in the intestinal tract. Even if the soy is fermented, it is still unable to break down the phytates. (6)

Alternative Sources of Plant-based Proteins
Looking for an alternative plant-based proteins that do not contain any soy protein? We have the perfect solution for you! Award-winning Profi Pro, the complete high-protein plant-based composite (HPPC) is non-GMO, gluten-free, 100% vegan, neutral to mild sweet taste, PDCAAS, Halal and Kosher certified. Or if you are looking for a single source, great-tasting protein, Natralein Pea and Brown Rice Proteins are also available.
Contact your Dealers Ingredients Sales Consultant or 905 458 7766 or info@dealersingredients.com to learn more and to request a sample.

(1)Source: https://www.canada.ca/en/health-canada/services/food-nutrition/food-safety/food-allergies-intolerances/food-allergies.html
(2)Source: United States Department of Agriculture Economic Research Service USDA ERS-Recent Trends in GE Adoption https://www.ers.usda.gov/data-products/adoption-of-genetically-engineered-crops-in-the-us/recent-trends-in-ge-adoption.aspx
(3) Source: Article Where in the world GM Crops and Foods, page 20 https://gmoinquiry.ca/wp-content/uploads/2015/03/where-in-the-world-gm-crops-foods.pdf Actual numbers sourced from Statistics Canada. Table 001-0072 – Estimated areas, yield, production of corn for grain and soybeans, using genetically modified seed, Quebec and Ontario, in metric and imperial units, annual, CANSIM (database).
(4) Article “Which Brand of Soy Protein Powder is Best Tasting?” by Cassie M. Chew, August 6, 2015 http://www.livestrong.com/article/331321-which-brand-of-soy-protein-powder-is-best-tasting/
(5) A Soybean Trypsin Inhibitor Crystallization and X-ray Crystallographic Study by the Journal of Biological Chemistry, Vol 262, No. 3 Issue of February 10, pp. 1099-,1977. http://www.jbc.org/content/252/3/1099.full.pdf
(6) Phytate: impact on environment and human nutrition. A challenge for molecular breeding. Journal of Zhejiang University Science B by Lisbeth Bohn, Anne S. Meyer and Soren K. Rasmussen. Source: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2266880/

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18 Jul 2017

Profi Gluten-Free Protein Cupcake with Butter Buds Vanilla Icing Recipe

Now you don’t have to make a choice between healthy and decadent with Profi Gluten Free Protein Cupcake with Butter Buds vanilla icing recipe. Interested in receiving a sample of Profi Bake or Butter Buds functional dairy flavour concentrate? Contact your Dealers Sales Consultant or call us at 905 458 7766, info@dealersingredients.com.

 

ein chocolate cupcake Recipe

 

Recipe first published in Bakers Journal, September 2016 Recipe Booklet.

 

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12 Jul 2017

PROFI™ Berry Cherry Protein Smoothie

An on-trend, berrylicious protein smoothie recipe containing 10 g of complete protein per 403 ml serving!

Profi Berry Cherry Recipe Ingredient Chart

Preparation Instructions:

  1. Add orange juice, frozen berry cherry fruit blend and Profi Pro™ to a blender.
  2. Blend for 3 minutes or until smooth.
  3. Makes 2 servings.

 

Protein Cherry Berry Smoothie Nutritional Facts Table

 

 

 

Profi Pro Contributes:
10 g of Complete Protein per 403 ml serving.

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12 Jul 2017

PROFI™ Strawberry-Banana Protein Smoothie

Profi Strawberry Banana Smoothie Ingredient ChartSweet and refreshing, this Strawberry-Banana Smoothie recipe is perfect for boosting your protein intake anytime.

Preparation Instructions:

  1. Add Fruit Beverage, Frozen Strawberries and Bananas and Profi Pro to a blender.
  2. Blend for 3 minutes or until smooth.

Makes 2 servings.

 

 

Protein Strawberry-Banana Nutritional Facts TableProfi Pro Contributes:

10 g of Complete Protein per 403 ml serving.

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12 Jul 2017

PROFI™ Fruit Kale Protein Smoothie

Kale turns into a real powerhouse with the addition of Profi Pro high protein plant-based protein.

Profi Fruit Kale Recipe Ingredient Chart

Preparation Instructions:

  1. Add sweetened almond milk, frozen fruit kale blend and Profi Pro to a blender.
  2. Blend for 3 minutes or until smooth.

Makes 2 servings.

 

 

Protein Kale Smoothie Nutritional Facts Table

 

Profi Pro Contributes:

10 g of Complete Protein per 403 ml serving.

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12 Jul 2017

PROFI™ Carrot Cake Protein Smoothie

Protein Carrot Cake Smoothie Nutritional Facts TableProfi Carrot Cake Smoothie Ingredient ChartNow you can “have your (carrot) cake” and in this case “drink it” too!

Preparation Instructions:

  1. Add grated carrots, bananas, almond milk, cinnamon, nutmeg and Profi Pro to a blender.
  2. Blend for 1 minute or until smooth.

Makes 1 serving.

 

Profi Pro Contributes:

20 g of Complete Protein per serving.

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