Taiyo, the expert in natural-based functional ingredients, will be showcasing exciting concepts at Drinktec, which all address beverage trends such as prebiotic and functional drinks.
At the Taiyo booth in Munich, product developers and buyers looking for innovative ingredients with health-promoting properties will find solutions that set new standards, including Moringa Extract S.
This contains the glucosinolate glucomoringin (GMG); a so-called genetic switch that activates natural physiological mechanisms which help the body to produce more energy.
The positive effects of GMG have been proven in numerous studies, including its anti-inflammatory properties and ability to protect against neurodegenerative diseases.
A soft drink concept containing the dietary fibre Sunfiber enables manufacturers to create beverages that have both a satiating effect and refreshing taste.
These drinks can help with weight management because, according to one study, drinking a beverage enriched with the dietary fibre Sunfiber increases the feeling of satiety. In the study, participants were found to eat 70-100 fewer calories at the next meal after consuming such a drink.
The easily digestible, low-FODMAP fibre from the guar bean promotes the balance of beneficial micro-organisms such as bifidobacteria and lactobacilli, improving the absorption of minerals such as calcium and magnesium, and reduces "bad" LDL cholesterol.
Also noteworthy is CherryShield fruit powder from the Stevnsbaer cherry. The prebiotic effect of CherryShield is enhanced by the ISO-certified dietary fibre Sunfiber. And as CherryShield premium and organic fruit powders do not contain maltodextrin, "no added sugar" and "rich in dietary fibre" claims are also possible.
The colourless, odourless and tasteless non-viscous dietary fibre Sunfiber performs technological functions that negate the need for additives.
These fruit powders have excellent water solubility thanks to their porous, agglomerate structure and are gluten-free, and certified non-GMO and vegan. To ensure the highest possible purity, these products are also tested for polyphenols and DNA under the Canadian TRU-ID certification programme.
Another innovative beverage concept is a so-called Sleepwater, which is specially designed for consumers who have difficulty falling asleep or sleeping through the night: L-theanine promotes relaxation and helps reduce stress.
This supports the body’s regeneration which, in turn, is beneficial for the immune system and energy levels.
With Sunphenon TH30, Taiyo offers a high-quality green tea extract that contains 30% pure L-theanine — the amino acid found in the leaves of the green tea plant Camellia sinensis.
More information about L-theanine and its effect on the body will be presented by Taiyo's managing director, Dr Stefan Siebrecht, in a talk at Drinktec on 14 September.