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How wheat proteins support the Plant-based Revolution

As featured in the top trends for 2020 by Innova Market Insights, the plant-based revolution trend cannot be overlooked. Even as 2020 has brought unexpected changes to eating patterns, the shift to an interest in plant-based foods remains strong. Additionally, Innova shares that “as plant-based eating is moving from trend to food revolution status, the industry is taking up the challenge to deliver more ‘clean label’ meat and dairy alternatives.” Clean label has been an important conversation for the last several years, it is only fitting that it is also key in the “plant-based revolution”

Baking, snacks, and meals

The consumer desire for plant-based runs the gamut of product applications, a few of which include baking, snacks, and ready meals.  Adding plant-based protein is a trend in many bakery applications - from bread to pancakes to cookies. The GemPro clean label range of proteins can boost the protein content while meeting the preferred product attributes. For example, try GemPro Prime-W to provide tenderness when adding protein to baked goods such as cookies, muffins, or pancakes. Use GemPro HPG to maintain dough handling requirements and structure when adding protein to bread and bread-type applications. Noting that many consumers feel better about eating plant protein today, consider replacing eggs using GemPro Plus.

While there are many factors motivating the shift to plant-based diets, the diversity of ingredients is a key factor. This is particularly true in snacks. Adding unique and diverse ingredients to snacks is an important method to modernize and differentiate.  Wheat proteins such as GemPro Prime-E can optimize textures while incorporating new and different protein types.

Ready meals and meat alternatives are perhaps the most popular category for plant-based claims. From burgers to chicken tenders, consumers are looking for plant-based alternative to these favorites. Wheat proteins such as Gem of the West vital wheat gluten GemPro HPG are ideal for providing texture and bite. Playing with the range of wheat proteins can help to improve process tolerance and finished product quality. Many meals need support to improve product texture through the freeze thaw cycle. The film forming attributes of wheat protein can help. Through and through, wheat proteins are an excellent choice to boost protein and provide structure.

Tolerance, Taste, and Texture

Like so many foods, producing plant-based foods require a certain amount of tolerance in production. Wheat proteins help to build critical structure but can also enhance rheology. Taste and texture are key contributors to consumer purchase and preference in plant-based foods. Wheat proteins have an easy neutral flavor, allowing the desired flavoring of your product to shine. No need to over flavor or to try to compensate for flavor. Texture is a key preference factor and a point of differentiation. Various textures are possible with the full range of wheat proteins. In fact, you can dial in on specific textures by selecting certain wheat proteins. For example, more elastic wheat proteins contribute to a firm, crunchy texture, and more soluble proteins will contribute to a more tender bite.

Plant-based and wheat proteins are a winning combo. Whether you are looking for a prototype formula or a consultation on where to start developing your clean label, plant-based foods, contact our applications team to learn more about how wheat proteins can help you to successfully navigate the plant-based revolution.


Improving Tortilla Quality with Wheat Protein

Tortillas: A portable lunch option. A nutritious “edible food packaging” that also opens doors to unique texture, flavor, and color enhancements.  A versatile food that allows you to fold, fill, and enjoy an infinite number of flavor combinations. To make a great tortilla the dough needs to be extensible for pressing while the finished tortilla maintains flexibility over time. Tortillas should be smooth and flexible, yet strong enough to hold heaps of fillings. Wheat proteins are an exceptional choice when enhancing the processing and textural attributes of tortillas.

 

What functional benefits do Manildra’s GemPro proteins bring to tortillas?

To determine functional similarities and differences between wheat proteins, a standard tortilla formulation was used, evaluating three different wheat proteins for impact on dough rheology, processing, and 21-day shelf-life quality.

Each variable was tested at 1% Bakers percentage in a flour tortilla dough with varying mix times.  The variables were tested at mix times of 5 minutes, 6 minutes, and 7 minutes.

The spread index was calculated by dividing the diameter by the height, averaging for six tortillas. Wheat proteins improved spread, especially when mix times were optimized. This direct comparison indicates that wheat protein can be used to improve press and sheeting qualities in tortilla dough.

The Perten TVT Texture Analyzer was used to analyze the tortillas with the standardized tortilla texture method from AIB. Texture data indicates the optimum mix time for each protein is slightly different. While the control required an optimum mix time of seven minutes, the GemPro Extend and GemPro 3300 required slightly shorter mix time, at 6 and 5 respectively. The larger drop in force over time by the vital wheat gluten indicates it may have not been mixed enough, even at 7 minutes. GemPro Extend maintains a texture most similar to day one on day 21 as compared to the other proteins.

 

After evaluating both the tortilla dough and final products is was determined that Manildra proteins assist with maintaining product rollability and strength over time.  The data showed that while the control tortillas tore easily and folded instead of rolled at the end of the 21 days, the tortillas containing Manildra proteins, still had the ability to roll and showed resistance to tearing. 

Protein fortification prevents the tortillas from drying out which allows them to maintain strength throughout their shelf-life. GemPro Extend nicely balanced the need for extensibility in processing, while maintaining the moisture retention and rollability through out shelf life.

For more information on these results or other information on GemPro Wheat proteins contact our R&D team today. 


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As you consider your 2021 vital wheat gluten needs, what stands out as most important? Quality? Service? Supply? At Manildra, we know that you can't go without any of these. We work tirelessly to make sure we have you covered with the best quality gluten - every time. Our team is dedicated to making sure you have what you need, when you need it. And if you have a question you can get straight to the source right away! Just give us a call or send us an email.  Check out our blogto learn more about the top benefits of wheat proteins, opportunity in organic, and the simplicity of gluten.