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“Will protein continue to rule consumer trends in the short term?”

CECILIA WITTBJER

Parabel USA Inc, 1901 S Harbor City Blvd, Melbourne, Florida 32901, USA

Abstract

Proteins are used in the food industry for both nutritional and functional reasons. Protein is a key ingredient to enhance nutritional content in food and to improve functionality. The essential amino acids that are required for growth, development and maintenance of the human body play a significant part in all diets. Protein is also used in food applications to form gels, to absorb the juices during cooking and for their whipping and binding properties.


INTRODUCTION

The world is looking at solutions as to how to sustainably feed the 9 billion people that are going to live on planet earth in 2050. The large picture definitely shows sustainable protein as being one of the most important aspects of food security. Protein is an important nutrient in all diets but recently it has also been proven to alleviate several health concerns. Consumers nowadays are more and more aware that they need to incorporate a certain amount of protein into their daily diets. So is this trend just a short term fad or is it here to stay?

 

PROTEIN SUPPLEMENTS

Driven by the growing awareness of the benefits of protein, supplements have been gaining in popularity among consumers in recent years. Market reports sh