Ancient foods reveal nutritional secrets
For millennia humans have farmed the land and supplemented the early hunter gatherer diet with food made from cultivated seeds, grains and beans. In modern western diets, these foods can be taken for granted with tins of baked beans relegated to the back of the cupboard whilst pasta and bread are demonised by carb cutting nutrition trends. However new research and development into seed, grain and bean ingredients has revealed a string of functional properties putting them back on the health conscious 21st century menu.
The Inca Inchi (Plukenetia Volúbilis Linneo) is a plant originating from the Peruvian Amazon region which has been known to the natives for several thousand years. It was used by the Incas according to evidence provided by the pottery found in their tombs.
Inca Inchi oil has a high content of the essential fatty acids of Omega-3 and Omega-6. It is highly digestible and contains antioxidants: vitamin A and vitamin E (alpha-tocopherol). Over 60% of the degreased seed contains high quality protein, rich in essential and non-essential amino acids.
Patricia Aguilar, Commercial Manager at Agroindustrias Amazonicas, explains:
Vein of Gold
Vein of Gold, a wheat aleurone produced by Kampffmeyer Food Innovation, provides dietary fibre, vitamins and minerals and can be used to enrich baked goods and other foods with these nutritious ingredients. Since Vein of gold consists of the most nutritious fraction of the wheat grain, it provides all kinds of baked goods, as well as foods such as pasta and breakfast cereals, with an improved nutritional profile.
Yvonne Wolny, Product Manager at Kampffmeyer Food Innovation GmbH, says:
The Oatwell brand beta glucan ingredient protfolio was acquired by DSM Nutritional Products from CreaNutrition and Swedish Oat Fiber (SOF) earlier this year.
Oat beta glucan has clinically proven health benefits in the areas of cholesterol reduction, blood glucose control and general gastrointestinal health. EFSA and the FDA are amongst the major health authorities who have approved Health Claims for the beta glucans for cholesterol reduction and the associated reduced risk of developing heart disease.
Adrian Meyer, Marketing Manager Human Nutition & Health, DSM Nutritional Products, explained more when we spoke to him at this year’s Nutra Formulate.
Yaso by Fitorex is a sprouted soya raw material with a neutral aroma and flavour. It is also a source of highly digestible and complete protein, fibre, and has very low content of carbohydrate and no cholesterol. As such, Yaso is amenable to use in many food products that cater to trends in the European food industry such as gluten-free, lactose-free, cholesterol-free and natural products.
In 2012 Yaso won two prestigous awards including the European Frost & Sullivan Award for Product Differentiation Excellence as well as the NuW Excellence Award in the Weight and Hunger Management category at Health Ingredients Europe.
Memree is a brand of products produced by Swiss life-science company Lonza that contain high quality, soy-based, phosphatidylserine (PS). Phosphatidylserine is an important structural component of cell membranes and is found in concentrated amounts in brain cells.
Products in the Memree line include MemreePS and MemreePlus. MemreePS contains high quality phosphatidylserine which can be used for cognitive health applications. MemreePlus is a proprietary blend of soy-based phosphatidylserine and phosphatidic acid (PA) which can be used for cognitive health, stress reduction and exercise recovery applications.