3rd May 2023 Content supplied by: Arla Foods Ingredients Group P/S
Arla Foods Ingredients Squeezes More Protein into Juice-Style Supplements
Arla Foods Ingredients has developed a new solution to increase the protein content of juice-style oral nutrition supplements (ONS) for medical nutrition. Most ONS are milky beverages, but recent years have seen juice-style drinks emerge as a fresh-tasting alternative. However, such products remain niche, accounting for just 3.7% of adult liquid ONS launches over the past five years.* One reason for this might be that the average protein content of ONS juice-style drinks is just 4.2g per 100g.
Arla Foods Ingredients has now created a solution that makes it possible to increase the level of protein in ONS juice-style drinks to 7% without compromising on taste or mouthfeel. The new concept incorporates Lacprodan® BLG-100, a 100% pure beta-lactoglobulin with an outstanding nutritional profile. It contains 7g of protein per 100g and is high in essential amino acids, including leucine (1.13g per 100g).
Juice-style medical drinks made with Lacprodan® BLG-100 are an excellent source of protein and energy. The new solution is fat-free, and the use of BLG-100 enables very low viscosity and a product that is stable over its shelf life. In addition, it tastes less astringent than typical ONS juice-style products and provides a more pleasant mouthfeel, encouraging compliance in medical nutrition.
Troels Nørgaard Laursen, Director for Health & Performance at Arla Foods Ingredients, said: “Juice-style options are a promising alternative to traditional milky oral nutritional supplements, but there has been room for improvement when it comes to their protein profile. Lacprodan® BLG-100 is a great solution to this challenge. It’s rich in essential amino acids – in particular leucine – and helps ONS deliver a more palatable drinking experience.”
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Date Published: 3rd May 2023
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