Tate & Lyle presented at Vitafoods 2014 novelties for natural sodium reduction, as well as healthy alternatives for lower calorie intake Tate & Lyle, a global supplier of ingredients and solutions for the food and beverage industry, participated in the Vitafoods 2014 exhibition held in the city of São Paulo, Brazil, April 8 and 9, the only event focused on functional food in Latin America. Tate & Lyle was presented together with the distributor Tovani Benzaquen Ingredientes, who held a parallel seminar where Rafaela Manso, technical manager of Tate&Lyle, presented.
The highlight was the innovative ingredient SODA-LO™ Salt Microspheres. Launched at the end of 2013 in Latin America, this ingredient allows for a 25 to 50% reduction in sodium content in various foods, while maintaining the original salty taste.
“Although advocates of public health always warn of the need to reduce consumption sodium Studies around the world show that consumers associate sodium-reducing products with an unpleasant taste,” said Daniel Severo, director of technical services and applications at Tate&Lyle. “Having an alternative to reduce salt intake and meet consumer taste expectations is the first step in breaking down the barriers that prevent people from reducing their sodium consumption,” he added.
SODA-LO™ has excellent applicability in a wide range of foods, including baked goods, breaded products and savory snacks, and studies continue to support its suitability in other applications.
The fiber PROMITOR™ food was also the topic of the presentation. Fiber is one of the most sought-after nutrients among Brazilian consumers. Globally, 56% of consumers include fiber-rich foods in their diet, and in Brazil this figure rises to 67%. Dietary fiber regularly appears in foods such as breads and cereals, as well as in tasty sweets such as bars, cakes and muffins.
The abundance of nutritional supplements, weight loss programs, gyms and health and wellness magazines points to two key factors: Brazilians are health conscious and increasingly aware of the benefits of including dietary fiber in their diet and are becoming label detectives, always looking to learn more and know the findings are the ingredients they look for in the food and drinks they consume.