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the right protein for
Consider soy's nutritional qualities, wheat's texture and the
unique benefits of other up-and-coming protein sources
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above wheat gluten, but it's not quite to
Egg white protein offers a unique
s meat alternatives have inthe level of soy and egg," he said.
creased in popularity, alternative gel character. It is firm and brittle with a
Emerging plant protein sources are
nice fracturing quality.
protein options to meat have
oats, potatoes, rice and corn.
"If you think about a hot dog, a nice
increased in number. Each option comes
"You see a lot of different functionhigh quality hot dog, you should be able
with specific benefits and drawbacks.
Austin Lowder, Ph.D., an applications to take it and bend it, and it should snap," alities," Dr. Lowder said. "There is a lot of
volatility around prices and availability."
Dr. Lowder said. "It should not bend all
scientist for DuPont Nutrition & Health,
While formulators have improved
the way back."
now part of DowDuPont, Inc., gave details
the texture in meat alternatives, they
Egg white protein, when used in
on several of those sources during a meat
may never exactly duplicate meat.
conjunction with other proteins, will
alternatives presentation July 16 in Chica"There is a bridge in the texture gap
go at IFT18, the Institute of Food Technolo- give hot dogs that quality. Egg white prothat we're just not going to be able to hit,"
tein comes with all the essential amino
gists' annual meeting and exposition.
acids, a plus nutritionally. Drawbacks are Dr. Lowder said.
Soy protein has been a mainstay
He listed two options to grow sales
it's not vegan and volatility in the cost of
in the meat alternative category for
in the meat alternatives category in spite
eggs and egg ingredients.
decades, he said,
of the texture gap. One is to add complexPea protein is appearing in bever"I think that's probably working
ity to products.
ages and nutrition bars as well as meat
against it a little bit because a lot of peo"Add sauces, batter-breaded products,
ple remember a day when it was just soy
"We don't see a lot of texture genera- meals, protein entrees," Dr. Lowder said.
protein, and great options were few and
"Do anything to improve the wow factor."
tion from it," Dr. Lowder said.
far between," Dr. Lowder said. "So they
His second option goes in the opPea protein is having success in
tend to associate that with soy.
posite direction. He recommends bulk
high-moisture extrusion, but that proStill, the best meat analog products
packaging of meat alternatives. Making
cess might be expensive, he said.
in the market today contain soy protein.
patties is an example. Consumers could
"Nutritionally, pea protein is well
"That's because we can get such a wide
buy the patties and then use them
variety of functionality," he said.
in stir-fry items created at home or
The nutritional quality of
in Hamburger Helper.
soy protein being roughly equal
Pea protein is appearing in beverages and nutrition bars as
Data from Innova Market
to milk and eggs is another plus.
well as meat alternatives.
Insights, Duiven, The NetherTexture ranks as a top benlands, presented at IFT18 revealed
efit for wheat protein. The fibers
a growing market for meat alin wheat gluten have similarities
ternatives and meat substitutes.
to the fibers in meat products,
Innova in 2017 contacted people
Dr. Lowder said. Gluten provides
who already were eating meat
functionality in meat products
substitutes and meat alternatives,
just as it does in bread.
asking them if they were increasA minus for wheat protein
ing or decreasing their intake
is its nutritional quality, which
of such products. In the United
is low compared to other plant
States, 44% said increasing. FBN
proteins and meat.
Food Business News
August 7, 2018