Functional proteins with better taste

Plant proteins are gaining traction for their health and sustainability profile. But proteins that are extracted from plant materials are also challenging to work with since they’re difficult to solubilize and they often come with a bitter taste. 

 

As consumers are looking for more benefits from their foods, the demand for proteins is growing rapidly. 

But while consumer want proteins and are increasingly adopting plant proteins, they’re not willing to compromise on taste or mouthfeel when they eat or drink.

Our solutions for hydrolyzing plant proteins cost-effectively help you create functional proteins with better flavor and solubility – just what health-conscious consumers are looking for. 

Three challenges when you work with plant proteins

Extraction yield

During plant protein extraction, some of the protein gets washed away with the other released compounds. How can you increase yield and avoid the waste?

Sensory experience

Plant proteins are healthy, but it’s tricky to get texture and taste right. How do you get the best sensory experience without affecting the label?

Absorption & digestibility

Health-driven consumers want their proteins to be absorbed by their bodies fast. How can you fortify your foods with plant proteins that are easily digested?

Plant proteins with better solubility and digestibility

Plant proteins with better solubility and digestibility

Plant proteins are notorious for being difficult to absorb and digest. But enzymatic hydrolysis dramatically increases the solubility of plant proteins, which means that protein is absorbed and digested much faster, offering health-driven consumers more functional benefits.  

​Another benefit of the hydrolysis is that it’s easier to make plant-based beverages with a nicer mouthfeel. That’s because hydrolyzed protein doesn’t affect viscosity as much as intact protein does. 

Higher plant protein extraction yield

Higher plant protein extraction yield

Plant proteins can be difficult to separate from other compounds contained in the plant-based raw material.

With enzymatic hydrolysis you get a cost-effective way to increase solubility of plant proteins, which makes it easier to separate proteins from other compounds. And that means higher protein extraction yield.

Which plants are our solutions suitable for?

Legumes

Grains

Other substrates

Better-tasting hydrolyzed plant proteins

Better-tasting hydrolyzed plant proteins

Hydrolyzing plant proteins has many benefits like better digestibility and improved mouthfeel. However, plant protein hydrolysis can come with an unwelcome side effect: bitterness. 

With Novozymes cost-effective biosolutions you can avoid having to mask off-flavors, because you simply create less bitterness in your hydrolyzed plant protein. Instead, our solutions enable you to make new plant protein-enriched products for sports nutrition, weight management, clinical nutrition and plant-based dairy – all with with better mouthfeel, taste and digestibility.

Plant proteins as calf milk replacers

Plant proteins as calf milk replacers

Wheat gluten protein is a cost-friendly nutrient for feeding calves. Its relatively low cost means that it can be used to substitute part of the skimmed milk in calf milk. 

However, the native gluten in the wheat has low solubility, which makes it very difficult to handle. 

With enzymatic hydrolysis you can make it much easier.  

Contact us to learn more about plant-based calf-milk replacers.

Better taste, better texture, better traction

Better taste, better texture, better traction

Our solutions help you create next-generation plant proteins for customers and consumers who are looking for a better functional and sensory experience with plant proteins.

Because our solutions are efficient and natural, you can unlock cost savings and reduce the complexity of the ingredient list by limiting the need for masking bitterness and off-notes. 

With benefits that improve health and the drinking or eating experience, you are well on your way to gaining traction for your plant protein-fortified foods – helping consumers make sustainable choices, faster.  

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Which solution is right for you?

Find the right solution for you in our global portfolio, shown below. To find out more about products available in your region, get in touch with your local Novozymes representative.

Alcalase®
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Available strengths (range) 2,4-4,0 AU-A/g
Hydrolysis action Aggressive
Generation of peptides or single amino acids Peptides
Debittering No
Savory flavor generation Yes
Working pH range 6.5 - 10
Working temperature range (°C) 60 - 75
Quality grade Food grade
Flavourzyme®
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Available strengths (range) 500-100 LAPU/g
Hydrolysis action Aggressive
Generation of peptides or single amino acids Peptides and amino acids
Debittering Yes
Savory flavor generation Yes
Working pH range 4-8
Working temperature range (°C) 30-65
Quality grade Food grade
Neutrase®
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Available strengths (range) 0,8-1,5 AU-N/g
Hydrolysis action Less Aggressive
Generation of peptides or single amino acids Peptides
Debittering No
Savory flavor generation Yes
Working pH range 6-9
Working temperature range (°C) 30-65
Quality grade Food grade
Available strengths (range)
Hydrolysis action
Generation of peptides or single amino acids
Debittering
Savory flavor generation
Working pH range
Working temperature range (°C)
Quality grade

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