In today’s health-conscious world, consumers are becoming increasingly mindful of the foods they eat and where the ingredients come from. As a result, demand for clean-label products continues to soar as consumers actively seek recognizable ingredients they perceive as healthier and more natural. There are many factors influencing purchase decisions. Plant-based, non-GMO and gluten-free are all among the factors that contribute to current consumer demands.
While consumers are looking for clean label, they still want products that are innovative and provide sensory experiences. Qualities such as viscosity, mouthfeel, shelf-life extension and stabilization are critical to product success, but formulating products to carry a clean label declaration can be challenging.
Natural hydrocolloids, therefore, present an opportunity for manufacturers as they look for functional ingredients for ‘clean label’ product development. With their thickening, stabilizing, gelling, fat-replacing and binding qualities – naturally occurring, plant-based polymers can fulfil many of the same functions as commercial ingredients like xanthan, guar, acacia and cornstarch. Additionally, these natural hydrocolloids can provide value-added benefits through more favorable nutritional profiles.
Finely milled flax meal, comprised of water-soluble polysaccharides (hydrocolloids), can offer several advantages over other gums and thickening agents – and can even be used as an egg replacement. It is also vegan, non-allergenic, gluten free and non-GMO – making it perfect for use in clean label product formulations. Unique clean-label functionality delivers improvements to texture, freshness, nutrition and stability in various applications.
Join this webinar to hear experts from Bioriginal investigate clean-label product formulation trends and showcase how the functionality of finely milled flax meal powder can be leveraged in a variety of gluten-free bakery, batter and breading, pasta and meat-analogue applications to deliver differentiative textures, enable clean-label declarations and meet the demands of the market.
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