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Algae— natural functional foods ingrdients

author:Naturalindate:2017-06-20 10:51Click: times
When it comes to functional foods, algae fits the bill combining health, versatility, and sustainability. As the mother of all plants, foods made with algae deliver a unique set of sensory and nutritional benefits. 
Over the years, food manufacturers have researched this nutrient-rich resource, seeking new ingredients to better nutrition. Recognising that there are a variety of nutritional benefits inherent in algae, many algae products have recently come to market. For instance, Spirulina under the juice section, Chlorella under the nutrition supplement section, or wakame seaweed that is being used as a crunchy and healthier alternative to croutons. Algae is steadily rising in popularity as a food ingredient, enhancing food without having an impact on taste or texture.
In order to keep up with growing demand for algae based food products, there are three algae-based food ingredients that have proven optimally functional for a number of food products sold across the aisles at the local grocery store: algae lipid powder, whole algae protein, and algae oils.
Algae Lipid Powder
Algae-based lipid powder can help to provide food companies with an ingredient to boost healthier nutrition profiles, while still making delicious, indulgent-tasting food products. Rich in lipids, this powder can therefore replace fats, oil, and egg yolks, while enhancing the nutrition profiles of products in applications such as breads, cakes, crackers, and cookies.
Whole Algae Protein
Whole algae protein is a unique combination of a protein that contains all the essential amino acids, is highly digestible (88 percent) and does not interact with other ingredients in a formulation.
When using this in formulations, the protein and other nutrients are completely protected within the microalgae cell wall. This protection means that it has limited interaction with other ingredients, and so can be used to increase protein in a broad range of food products, including cereals, sauces, snacks, bars, beverages, dressings and bakery products, without compromising on taste or texture.
Algae Oils
When it comes to oils made from algae, many people are surprised to learn that algae is the world’s original oil producer. Algae oils offer a neutral flavour, which allows for unlimited formulation ability to help food companies create nutritionally and functionally optimal food products.
Algae oils can exist as a high-stability oil with a low polyunsaturated fat content, and low levels of saturated fat, and zero trans-fat. With low polyunsaturated fat levels, the oil offers exceptional oxidative stability, with a longer fry-life. This oil can help replace partially hydrogenated oils (PHOs) in products like mayonnaise and potato chips, following the trans-fat ban from the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA). It can also offer a clean label solution, removing preservatives such as ethylene diamine tetra acetic acid (EDTA), in mayonnaises and dressings.
Algae has been gaining significant traction as a food ingredient. The world is seeing ever-increasing interest in algae-based ingredients as the consumer demand for healthful yet satisfying food continues to grow. Algae-based food ingredients can help improve the nutritional profile of many common foods, while enhancing taste and texture.

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