The new trend of global plant extract application

Sep. 05. 2022

Plant extracts can be used not only as dietary supplements, but also in food and beverage applications.

Rosemary extract-flavorant & antioxidant

The most used plant extract in 2019 new products is rosemary extract.

Rosemary itself is a spice, with a special fragrance, which can make people sober. Rosemary extract contains carnosic acid, rosmarinic acid, carnosol and other effective ingredients. It not only has the antioxidant effect of traditional plant extracts, but also prevents oxidative deterioration of oils and oxidative discoloration of food, and is more antiseptic, Antibacterial and other effects.

In addition, rosemary extract is still very stable in a high temperature environment of 240 degrees, so it can be well used in fried and baked foods.

Hop extract-flavoring agent

Hop extract is an indispensable raw material for brewing beer. In beer brewing, hops give the beer a refreshing aroma, slightly bitter taste and antiseptic properties, and form a white, fine and rich foam, and also play a role in clarifying the wort.

In addition, hops also have excellent pharmacological effects. Studies have shown that the polyphenols in hops have obvious antioxidant effects; the chemical components such as lupulone and humulone in hops have inhibitory effects on Mycobacterium tuberculosis, Staphylococcus aureus, and Bacillus subtilis.

In addition to brewing beer, some juices, sodas, kombucha, and even snacks have also begun to add hops to form the flavor of beer.

Onion extract-flavor & preservative

Onion is an important flavor material, not only can provide a unique taste and smell, but also has the effect of stimulating appetite and helping digestion. At the same time, onion extract also has antioxidant and antibacterial properties and can be used as a food preservative.

Experiments have found that the phenolic compounds in onions can inhibit the growth of a variety of bacteria, such as Bacillus cereus, Staphylococcus aureus, Micrococcus luteus, Listeria, etc., especially microorganisms related to food spoilage.

Onions contain prostaglandin A and tolbutamide, which have a certain effect of lowering blood pressure and blood sugar, and can inhibit the increase in blood lipids caused by high-fat diets, and are used as functional food materials.

Guarana extract-anti-fatigue and energy supplement

Guarana is rich in amino acids, alkaloids, a variety of minerals, tannins, vitamins and carbohydrates, which are good for tissue absorption.

Guarana extract is a substance extracted from the seeds of guarana. The plant caffeine contained in it can gradually and slowly stimulate the nerves. The stimulus has a long effective period and is relatively mild. It is not harmful to the human body. Products from other sources are usually The effect is fast, but the duration is short.

Therefore, in the energy drink industry in recent years, guarana extract has gradually replaced chemically synthesized caffeine.

Luo Han Guo Extract-Sweetener

Luo Han Guo extract is light yellow powder to brown extract. The taste is extremely sweet, its sweetness is more than 300 times that of sucrose, and the sweetness is close to that of sugar.

Luo Han Guo, as one of the first batch of rare Chinese medicinal materials announced in China for food and medicine, also has certain health functions such as assisting in lowering blood sugar.

Luo Han Guo has many advantages as a sugar substitute.

First, the fruit-derived Momordica grosvenori extract can be prepared into mogrosides, grosvenor grosvenor powder, and grosvenor grosvenor juice concentrate and added to food and beverages. It can be directly marked as grosvenor juice/powder on the label, so it conforms to the clean label;

Secondly, Luo Han Guo extract is safe and healthy, and domestic and foreign laws and regulations do not currently limit its specific addition amount;

In addition, Luo Han Guo extract tastes very good, has a unique sweet aftertaste, and has no bitter taste. It can be used alone or combined with other sweeteners to improve the taste;

Luo Han Guo extract also has good water solubility, good pH value and thermal stability, so it can be added to almost all food and beverages;

Luo Han Guo extract will not cause blood sugar changes and dental caries. It is an ideal natural sugar substitute and can be widely used in nutritional health products, infant food, puffed food, seasonings, etc.

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