In a recent blog, “Plant-based Beverages: An Untapped Opportunity For Natural Functional Fibers,” penned by Nesha Zalesny, Fiberstar Technical Sales Manager, the company focused on the explosion in popularity of plant-based milk beverages, and the functional benefits that Citri-Fi® offers.
Zalesny wrote, “Various factors have fueled an explosion of growth in the non-dairy beverage market. One of the primary factors has been the significant amount of research around the environmental and health impact of consuming dairy products. This research increased the awareness of factory farming conditions as well as the environmental impact of raising beef and dairy cows. Another factor is the nutritional information generated without the dairy council’s heavy hand and deep pockets directing research. This research has highlighted some of the detriments of diets full of saturated fats. The combination of these findings has triggered a significant uptick in vegetarian and vegan lifestyles. These lifestyles not only address health issues, but also environmental concerns. Another segment steering clear of dairy are those affected with lactose intolerance and/or sensitivities and dairy protein allergies. According to the National Institute of Health, a whopping 65% of the population has a reduced ability to digest lactose.””
The two-part blog looked at the many different stabilizers that formulators have used for emulsification and Gellan Gum, and how Citri-Fi stacked up against the competitors in this growing segment. The results are these: Citri-Fi natural citrus fiber improves texture, mouthfeel, stability and labeling in plant-based milk beverages using almond, soy, coconut, cashew, rice, hemp and other plant bases.
Visit FiberStar’s blog here to see the details.
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