This site uses cookies to store information on your computer. Learn more x

Feeding a growing population

CanolaPRO?: Turning an inedible byproduct into valuable food protein

The world’s population is growing fast, but how can we produce sufficient food for everyone without straining the environment? Scientists at DSM’s Biotechnology Center in Delft (the Netherlands) couldn’t ignore the challenge, and to explore the possibilities they set up a project called ‘Proteins of the Future’ (POFU). What emerged was a new technology that turns an inedible agricultural byproduct of rapeseed oil extraction into valuable plant protein for a wide range of uses in food.
DSM Canola Protein: CanolaPro

Shortage of protein

澳客网比分直播手机版 www.2v4ox.com.cn “Protein is used to build body tissue, making it the most essential component of our food,” says Gertjan Smolders, R&D Manager of the Rapeseed/Canola Protein Venture that has emerged from POFU. “But it’s already in short supply. In the poorest countries, for instance, some 6 million people, many of them children, die each year because they don’t get enough protein. That adds a sense of urgency to our work.”

Plant protein?

Most of the protein humans eat comes from animals or animal products (meat, dairy, eggs and fish), but plant protein, in the form of beans, peas and lentils, is also an important source. Due to population growth and changing dietary choices, even more protein will be needed, which is clearly unsustainable. We will all have to consume more vegetable proteins.

Growing interest for vegetable protein

And as it happens,” says Gertjan, “We already see a growing interest for vegetable protein in richer countries, from consumers who are looking for nutritional products that fit in with their active healthy lifestyle and are produced in a sustainable way.” However, because most vegetable protein is currently produced as a side stream of other ingredients, and the conditions used during processing negatively influence the properties of the protein, there is a need for vegetable protein with a better taste and functionality to make it suitable for use in a wide range of food applications.

This led the POFU team to look for a new plant protein with a high nutritional value and widely available globally. The most promising candidate turned out to be rapeseed, or canola, as it is known in North America. This member of the cabbage or mustard family, with its distinctive yellow flowers, is used in the production of cooking oil.

Rapeseed rich in protein

The opportunities of rapeseed

Rapeseed is attractive for several reasons,” explains Gertjan. “It’s a very large crop, grown all over the world and besides its use for cooking oil, it’s also rich in protein. In fact, if all the rapeseed protein existing today was used for human consumption, it could provide enough protein for 500 million people ? almost twice the population of Indonesia!”

The catch…

So where’s the catch? “The problem is,” says Gertjan, “that rapeseed contains substances that can’t be consumed by humans, and it’s very difficult to separate them from the protein. However, we’ve now developed a new technology and process that can isolate the protein from the meal, making it edible.”

DSM’s process takes rapeseed meal as its raw material. “This is a byproduct of the cooking oil extraction process,” explains Gertjan. “It’s normally fed to animals, but now that we’ve made it edible, it opens up great opportunities.” A very mild isolation process was developed to preserve the natural functionality of the proteins, resulting in a protein that has a good taste and suitable for many food applications.

CanolaPro can be used in a broad range of food products

Good stuff

So what can you do with this new rapeseed protein? “What can’t you do with it!” says Joyce Rasquin, Commercial Manager of the Rapeseed/Canola Protein Venture. “It’s extremely versatile in its range of nutritional benefits and applications. It’s highly digestible and contains all the amino acids you need for growth and body maintenance. And it can be used in a broad range of food products, in areas such as clinical nutrition, sports nutrition, weight management, baby food, food for the elderly, and specialist foods such as non-gluten and vegetarian alternatives. Additional benefits are its good taste and high solubility, as well as the fact that it’s non-GMO, non-gluten, non-dairy and hypo-allergenic. Is that enough?”

CanolaPRO?: Coming to a supermarket near you

It certainly sounds as though rapeseed protein has a great future ahead of it. “Absolutely,” says Joyce. “We’re still working on the details of production and distribution, but we believe it will have a big impact on the future supply and use of plant-based proteins. It’s globally available, is highly nutritious and has good functional properties. What’s more, its processing is completely solvent-free. All this will make it an ideal addition to current protein options, whether for combating protein deficiency in the poorest countries or offering increased choice for consumers elsewhere.”

Please feel free to contact us for more information on CanolaPRO? using the below form:

  • 2018年高考成绩时间公布 什么时候可以查高考成绩? 2019-02-22
  • 【家国网聚·网络旺年】海外游子英伦闹新春 教英国同学包饺子吃韭菜鸡蛋馅 2019-02-22
  • 劳动创造价值,看生产队求工分值之实践。事实说劳动创造价值,能否认的了吗? 2019-02-22
  • 大厨风范的海鲜做法,小白也能学会,鲜美营养,好吃到哭 2019-02-22
  • 深入学习宣传贯彻党的十九大精神br扎实推进新时代机关党的建设 2019-02-21
  • 世界上海拔最高的无人超市将落户拉萨 2019-02-21
  • 亲兄弟明算账 表姐弟借名买房反目 2019-02-21
  • 武汉破获今年来最大毒品案 跨境贩毒65公斤 2019-02-20
  • 地铁车厢人来人往的空间内,聚集着参差百态的灵魂 2019-02-20
  • 张德江:着力完善监督工作机制,加强对宪法法律实施和“一府两院”工作的监督 2019-02-20
  • 三江源通天河流域发现两千年前岩画 2019-02-19
  • 多点供给,才能少点人气-光明时评 2019-02-19
  • 性格能预测寿命?4种性格有助长寿 2019-02-19
  • 嫦娥四号任务中继星成功发射 将搭建地月“鹊桥” 2019-02-19
  • 探访南方古丝路 跟着郑和下南洋 春城壹网 七彩云南 一网天下 2019-02-18
  • 775| 105| 157| 779| 20| 68| 182| 331| 786| 388|