Nestle reveals breakthrough in Probiotics
Dubai, March 4, 2009
Nestlé’s Product Technology Centre at Switzerland, has successfully developed a blend of nutrients that help protect Probiotics during processing, thus rendering them more stable in food products.
“Probiotics are fragile living cultures which have to be kept alive – not only in the body, but also in foods when they are consumed,” said Karine Antoniades Turk, nutritionist, Nestlé Middle East.
“This is essential to give consumers the health benefits that Probiotics provide. The problem is that it is difficult for Probiotics to survive in the conditions of heat, humidity or exposure to oxygen that are characteristic of processing, food manufacturing as well as transport and storage.”
To date, the critical point of Probiotic stability in products has not been well addressed in the scientific community.
Now, scientists at Nestlé have developed a protection system combining a processing technology and a blend of nutrients that protect Probiotics during processing, transport and storage. This protection system works in a wide variety of product formats, including powders.
Nestlé’s research on Probiotics started in the late 1960s, and has since lead to many innovations in the science and technology of these beneficial compounds, their application into food products, and the understanding of their health benefits, she explained.
“Several health benefits have been reported for Probiotics. Depending on the strain, these include helping to improve digestion, balancing gut microflora, supporting the body’s natural defenses and the immune function, as well as helping to protect against diarrhea in children.”
Nestlé’s breakthrough in keeping Probiotics alive during processing means that its consumers around the world benefit from having a greater choice of product formats that contain viable Probiotics.
Products available in the Middle East with added beneficial Probiotics include Nido 1+ growing up milk, Nido 3+, Nido 5+, Neslac, and Nido Laban variants.-TradeArabia News Service