Parabel USA has launched a neutral coloured protein ingredient made from water lentils, designed to provide an allergen-free substitute for any plant protein.
The protein hydrolysate contains 65-70% highly digestible hydrolyzed protein, as well as a complete amino acid profile, meaning it is suitable as ingredient for both the sports protein industry and in meat substitutes. It is free from food allergens and is certified Non-GMO.
With a high yield of protein due to daily harvests, water lentils are a sustainable choice for manufacturers looking for plant-based options and addressing concerns about the food system’s impact on climate. The minimal process takes 30 minutes from farm to table and no chemicals are used during processing.
Demand for plant-based foods has risen dramatically in the past year. According to a report published by the Plant Based Food Association (PBFA), sales from plant-based food were higher than 3 billion in 2018.
Parabel CEO Anthony Tiarks said: “The water lentil hydrolysate has a superb functionality especially compared to other minimally processed ingredients. In conjunction with its complete Amino Acid profile and high digestibility it will be an easy drop-in solution to everything plant-based – from burgers and sausages to sports nutrition and beverages.”
Last August, Parabel received a GRAS (generally recognised as safe) no objections letter from the US Food and Drug Administration for Lentein, and went on to secure distribution deals with Stauber USA and CK Ingredients.
Parabel’s Lentein product line includes a protein hydrolysate, plant milk, superfood and flour. The producer of plant protein ingredients is finalising its second farm in Vero Beach, Florida. bringing the capacity for Lentein plant protein to 3500 megatonnes per year. The new ingredient is scheduled for commercial production by the end of the year.