Functionality of proteins in final food product
In the food industry, various proteins apart from the nutrient function play important technological roles as substances that help to improve texture, consistency, yield, mouthfeel, and the overall quality of processed foods. The specific functionality of a protein is strictly determined by its molecular structure – defined by source and processing during the production of a protein.
Proteins, thanks to their multi functionalities like solubility, viscosity, water binding, emulsifying, gelation, cohesion, foaming, and elasticity, bring a specific impact to food systems. They are used in vegetarian and vegan formulations, sports nutrition, baked goods, beverages, processed meat and fish, soups and sauces, dressings, toppings, and many other food formulations. Food producers can benefit from using various proteins including, the improvement of texture, stability, shelf life, appearance, taste, and smell.
Nutrition aspects of proteins are important to provide energy and building blocks for our bodies, for growth, repair, and the maintenance of good health. Animal proteins and some plant proteins like soya provide the full spectrum of amino acids needed by our organisms to maintain life, recover, and build body tissue.
If you want to learn more about proteins and the solutions we can offer you, please contact Brenntag Food & Nutrition. Our food experts can support you in finding the right protein for your product.
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