The company has 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
Arla Foods Ingredients has developed a new solution to increase the protein content of juice-style oral nutrition supplements (ONS) for medical nutrition. The concept will be on show at the forthcoming Vitafoods Europe (May 9-11).
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 options are a promising alternative to traditional milky oral nutritional supplements
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 stability over 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.”
Arla Foods Ingredients will exhibit at Vitafoods Europe on Stand G30. Other concepts on show will include innovative solutions for high-protein ready-to-drink tea and coffee, and a multi-textured bar with protein in every layer, a special edition of which has been created for Vitafoods.