VION FOOD GROUP AND NIZO FOOD RESEARCH WILL BE COLLABORATING
VION Food Group and research company NIZO food research will be collaborating intensively to develop natural protein-based ingredients to replace fats in their products. The excessive consumption of fats in the Netherlands remains a matter of concern and contributes directly to the increase of “prosperity illnesses” like obesity, type II diabetes and heart and vascular disease. Proteins contain about half the calories of fats and are more satisfying. This makes proteins an excellent replacement for fats in composite products that fit within a healthier eating pattern. At the start of this year a team of experts from VION Food Group and NIZO food research therefore started a 3-year project aimed at developing new meat products with reduced amounts of fat. However, replacing fats with proteins is not a simple matter, as fat contributes to the overall taste of products. A higher level of proteins can also result in products that feel dry and chewy in the mouth. Consumers will only accept low-fat products if they taste good.