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YePea (an abbrevation of Yellow Pea) is a new functional ingredient, designed to serve as a texturiser in breads and small baked items, that could present a compelling alternative to soy.
In confectionery YePea works as a non-allergenic nut ingredient for example in chocolate pralines, cereal and chocolate bars. In contrast to soy, it is guaranteed non-GMO. With its comparatively high content of complex carbohydrates and proteins, YePea is a perfect fit for products positioned within the health and wellness sectors.
Derived from yellow pea, an almost forgotten legume, the ingredient is created by passing the peas through a complex processing chain, which includes a toasting procedure at the end to achieve the desired golden yellow colour.
From a nutritional point of view, one of YePea’s biggest benefits is its low fat content, which is 90 per cent less than that of soy meal. As well as being beneficial to health, this lower fat means a longer shelf life. Additionally, YePea contains higher levels of complex carbohydrates and dietary fibres.
The cracked peas are also suitable for creating new allergen-free product concepts. They can be used to replace chopped nuts as ingredient in toppings and they ensure a crunchy texture and a nutty flavour in cereal bars. Another benefit is that, unlike nuts, peas are readily available year-round and they are a more cost-efficient ingredient.