According to an article from Snack Food & Wholesale Bakery magazine1, busy lifestyles are pushing consumers to choose snacks over a traditional meal. However, they desire these treats to offer more nutritional value than traditional snacks; specifically, they’re looking for protein. GemPro® Ultra can fill that gap. As a water-soluble, lightly hydrolyzed wheat protein isolate, GemPro Ultra boasts a protein content of 90% and can be used in a wide range of applications from baked goods to beverages to bars.
Testing has found that GemPro Ultra possesses the ability to act as a reducing agent in dough products: shortening mix times, increasing extensibility, and assisting with pan flow. It was shown that using 1% GemPro Ultra relative to flour weight will give a 10% reduction in dough mix times. If developers are looking to fortify protein in a cookie, GemPro Ultra can be used at levels up to 80% relative to the flour weight in a formulation without requiring the addition of more water. The final product is a chewy yet nutritious cookie that is as indulgent as it is healthy.
For beverage and nutrition formulations, GemPro Ultra has a higher glutamine content than other protein isolates such as soy and whey proteins. Glutamine aids in quicker muscle recovery following intense exercise making GemPro Ultra a good choice for nutritional beverages. It can easily dry blend into a mix or be hydrated in a ready-to-drink beverage depending on the end use.
If GemPro Ultra is the protein solution you’ve been looking for, we would be thrilled to partner with you to enhance your development process. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for the full technical report on GemPro Ultra or to visit about your specific application needs.
Application Ideas for GemPro Ultra:
Breads, Rolls, and Bagels
Flat Breads and Flour Tortillas
Cookies and snacks
Kvidahl, M. 2015. “Fortifying healthy snacks and baked goods with protein.” Snack Food and Wholesale Bakery. Available from: http://www.snackandbakery.com/articles/88313-fortifying-healthy-snacks-and-baked-goods-with-protein. Web. Accessed on: 14 Aug. 2017.
Keeping up with the latest trends can be a challenge, but the increase in snacking is no longer a trend. Snacking continues to grow and no slowdown is in sight.
Snacking has evolved from an infrequent treat to displacing meals. The Hartman Group on the Culture of Snacking: The Evolution of Snack Foods & Beverages states that “snacks [are] increasingly fluid undefined and ubiquitous.” The Hartman Group’s recent infographic on the evolution of snack foods and beverages highlights how significantly the perception of snacking has changed over the years.
With so many options - unique flavors and improved ingredients, snacking is no longer empty calories to sustain you between meals. Knowing that people love to snack, the trend to watch is what flavors, format, and texture will come next!
Wheat-based ingredients pack a range of benefits to lead the snacking industry and eliminate the need to source multiple types of ingredients.
Wheat starch provides a bright white color and neutral flavor. In snacks it can provide a unique crisp to your product or help to provide adhesion, allowing you to “stick” flavors for particulates to the surface of the snack.
The “year of added protein” has lingered on to nearly a decade. The desire for protein is not fading and snacks are a great way to add extra protein throughout the day. Wheat proteins meet the goals for increasing protein while also enhancing texture. With GemPro proteins you can have both – added protein and the perfect texture. No need to sacrifice one for the other.
But does GemPro make sense for my snack?
Whether you are making a sheeted snack, an extruded piece, a particulate cluster, or more, Gem Pro protein can help. If you are trying to carve out something new for your next high protein snack, here are a few ideas to get you started: