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Proteins

An essential nutrient for any diet

Proteins are the main building blocks for the human body and are an essential part of our daily diet. We consume proteins to build and repair our bodies. The market tendency is to offer sustainable sources of proteins and alternatives to traditional sources of proteins like meat, poultry, or fish.

Different types of proteins

Proteins for industrial use derive from vegetable and animal sources. There are traditional types like soya and wheat commonly known and used over decades, but the market looks for alternatives. Thus a whole spectrum of plant-based proteins with traditional sources exists, such as rice, pea, or potato proteins. Plant-based proteins are also being recognized as novel foods, such as sacha inchi and water lentil. Even if the plant trend is strongly booming, animal proteins are still being used thanks to their unique nutritional value and properties. Products like gelatin and collagen, dairy proteins, or egg proteins play an important role in building proper recipes and value for the consumer.

For many consumers, alternative sources of proteins like plant proteins, pulses, nuts, or seeds have already become part of their daily diet, but new sources of proteins like algae, fungi, or insects are becoming common in the food industry.

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.

Regulatory

Please check carefully the laws and regulations applicable to you. Please keep in mind that you are responsible for compliance with any applicable legal and regulatory requirements.

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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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