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For different reasons, people are increasingly aware of the impact a balanced diet can have on their wellbeing. Consumers today take a critical look at food content and the detailed ingredient list. More than ever, they search for honest, clean labeled products; and as such are triggered by words such as "non-GMO", "natural", “free-from”, “no added sugar”. Both the quality and origin of ingredients is important to them.
We offer functional ingredients and innovative product concepts that support all kind of healthy lifestyles. From chicory-root fibres, via sugar-beet based, slow carbohydrates to gluten-free rice derivatives for great taste and texture - our ingredients have one thing in common: they are all sourced from nature and can all be labeled as food (not additives).
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Gluten-free – challenged no more
Consumer research shows that the group of people who buy gluten-free is steadily growing. While part of them is actually diagnosed as sensitive, an increasing number deliberately chooses a gluten-free diet, simply because they consider it to be better for them.
Rice is often a nutritious option in a gluten-free diet. It has a high carbohydrate content of ~ 78%, is easy to digest and contains a good amount of gluten-free proteins of ~ 7%. BENEO specialty rice ingredients are hypo-allergenic and by nature free from gluten and lactose.
Clean label solutions
Starch is present in a wide variety of plants and is regularly consumed as grain. Rice starch from BENEO is produced by wet-milling: a gentle extraction process that does not fundamentally change the molecular structure or composition of the native starch. BENEO regular rice starch provides a high level of whiteness in confectionery coatings; it is a natural alternative to artificial colouring or opacifying agents.
Palatinose™ is an isomaltulose that is derived from a natural plant source, sugar beet. While being present in honey, it is produced on a commercial scale from sucrose by a non-GMO enzyme that shifts the binding within the sugar molecules into a more stable linkage that leads to its unique physiological characteristics. These are naturally occurring biological processes.
Our functional carbohydrate, Isomalt, is a naturally derived sugar replacer. It replaces sugar cup by cup and is well-known for its major role in sugar-free, calorie-reduced confectionery. Isomalt has only half the calories as sucrose (2 versus 4 kcal/g*) and fits well in low-glycaemic diets – an interesting point when managing diabetes, overweight or cardiovascular diseases.
BENEO fibres have about 30% of the natural sweetness of sucrose, giving just a mild sweet taste to foods & beverages. Orafti® Oligofructose and Orafti® HSI are often used in calorie- and sugar reduced fruit preparations for yoghurts or in the binding syrup for fibre-enriched cereals. While sugar contains 4 kcal/g, Orafti® Oligofructose contains just 1,5 kcal/g* at most.
BENEO rice starch can reduce sugar in fat-based fillings and as such, improve the nutritional composition of bakery products.
* Regulations for nutritional labeling of calories vary from country to country.
Low-fat products made with Orafti® Inulin offer similar body and mouthfeel as the original full fat versions. Just one big difference: full eating pleasure for less calories!
Rice starch from BENEO have the same granule size as fat globules; as such, they are ideally suited to mimic a full bodied fatty mouthfeel in low-to-no-fat products. BENEO rice starches and flours provide creamy textures and can serve as natural fat replacers.
Textured wheat protein, BeneoPro W-Tex, has a nice neutral taste and stable hydrated texture which makes it suitable also for meat analogues. Our rice starch, Remyline AX DR, can partially replace meat as well as other functional non-meat ingredients. It is a cost-effective solution for healthier and tastier meat products. In addition, vital wheat gluten, BeneoPro VWG, is a good alternative to traditional vegetable proteins. The provides a texture that is very similar to meat and can be used in products as a replacement for red meat, poultry and seafood.
Clean label is the new natural
Mintel and BENEO share their insights on "clean label (PDF, 1.05 MB)".