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Food Ingredients- Necessity of Natural Flavouring, Colouring, Sweetening

The term “food ingredient” includes any substance that is added to a food to achieve the desired effect. Food ingredients provide convenience and allow food manufacturers to produce a wide variety of foods that are safe, appetizing, uniform, nutritious and tasty. Ingredients perform a variety of functions in foods, including providing nutrition, flavour, colour, physical stability and much more.

Natural Food Colours:

Natural food colours refer to the dyes or pigments extracted from natural sources such as fruits, vegetables and plants. Usually, they are extracted from natural things like seeds, fruits, vegetables, leaves, algae, etc.

Necessity

Food colour is an obvious hunger initiator. The very sight of food in eye-catching colours gives us the feeling of having eaten it. That craving should be initiated the moment we see food. That's the whole idea of food manufacturing companies. The first element observed in the way any food product looks is often its colour.

Humans begin to associate certain colours with various types of foods and equate these colours to certain tastes and flavours, such as yellow pudding to have a banana or lemon flavour and red jelly to have a cherry flavour. Fresh foods, such as fruits and vegetables, we rely on the colour to determine their level of ripeness and/or freshness.   

Food companies are aware that consumers determine the quality and taste of a food product long before their taste buds have had a chance to process it. Natural colouring is preferred and should be practised to compensate for the psychological need for food colour.

Colour Natural- Food Colours

  • Brown- Coffee, tea, cocoa
  • Pink- Strawberries, raspberries
  • Red- Beetroots, tomato
  • Orange- Carrots, paprika, sweet potato
  • Yellow- Saffron, turmeric
  • Green- Spinach, matcha
  • Purple- Blueberries, purple sweet potato

Natural Food Flavour:

The Flavours are intense preparations, which are added to foods in order to impart taste and/or smell. Food manufacturers have been using flavouring substances have been used in a wide variety of food, from confectionery and soft drinks to cereals, cakes and yoghurts.

Natural food flavours, which are derived from herbs, spices and substances having an exclusively sweet, sour or salty taste. 

Necessity

Flavour is an important characteristic of the foods we eat every day—it's difficult to imagine eating a diet made up of bland flavourless foods! Essentially, flavour is the combination of the taste, aroma, and feel of the food.

While some foods, such as fresh fruits and berries, taste delicious just as they are, most dishes we eat are more complex and almost always contain some type of added ingredients to enhance flavour.

Actually, every recipe includes some sort of extra flavour enhancing ingredients, such as salt, pepper, herbs, and spices. Enhancing the flavour of foods can make eating a joyful thing for anyone of us. Adding flavours to foods also helps to stimulate appetite, which is essential for people.

These three components of food flavours are:

Natural: Herbs - Mint, Basil etc.

              Spices - Cardamom, Clove, Cinnamon etc.

              Aromatic seeds - Cumin, Aniseed, etc.

              Fruits - Lemon, Orange, etc.

              Vegetables - Onion, Garlic, etc.

Processed: Caramelised - Sugar

                  Roasted - Coffee beans, Pistachios, etc.

                  Fermented - Curd, Cheese, etc.

                  Toasted - Peanuts

                  Baked - Bread

 

Added: Essential Oil - Groundnut oil, Sesame oil, Coconut oil, Palm oil, etc.

            Extracts - Mango, Strawberry, etc.

            Essence - Vanilla, Pineapple, etc.

Natural Food Sweetener:

Sweeteners are those that provide a sweet taste in food and beverages. As a substitute to sugar, a sweetener is a food additive that adds a taste of sweetness, similar to sugar, though it contains a significantly less amount of food energy than sugar-based sweeteners that makes a low-calorie sweetener.

Some of the common natural sweeteners include:

Honey: It is the sweetest natural liquid produced by bees from the nectar of flowers. If your Product doesn’t suites fluid form, try Dried Honey Powder.

Dates Powder: Dates Powder contains high amounts of natural sugars, they are actually a low-glycemic index (a relative ranking of carbohydrate in foods according to how they affect blood glucose levels) food. 

Coconut sugar: It is the boiled and dehydrated sap of the coconut palm.                               

Palm candy: A low glycemic crystalline natural sweetener made from the sap present in the flower buds of the coconut palm tree.

Blackstrap molasses: A thick, dark syrup, it is produced when the sugar cane plant is processed to make refined sugar.

How Mevive offers Food Ingredient Solution to Food Companies?

Mevive International is one of the leading manufacturers of natural ingredient solutions for the Food Industry. Within Food, Mevive International specialises in manufacturing food ingredients to a wide variety of markets such as Savoury, Bakery, Nutrition, Dairy, Confectionery, Beverages and so on.

With increased customer awareness about healthy foods, it is more vital than product ingredients are perceived to be naturally healthy and beneficial. As companies innovate and develop new healthy options, the demand for naturally-sourced, functional ingredients are increasing.

We aim to tackle our customer’s biggest challenges by proving practical, sustainable and natural solutions that help make people’s lives safer and healthier.

At Mevive, we use naturally-sourced, top-quality ingredients and spice blends to provide comprehensive and innovative solutions that not only extend their shelf life but also keep your products look, taste and smell fresh for longer.

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