Oils form a small yet essential percentage of the formulation for certain nutraceutical products such as bars, to enhance texture and promote flavor release. Typically oils will be mixed with an emulsifier to enhance stability.
The oil or fat content can counteract or help modify the effect of increased water binding caused by added protein content. Oils can help improve bar texture and prevent it from hardening during storage, improving palatability and increasing shelf life.
A trend in the oil category has been a shift away from and then back again to tropical oils, especially those that are non-GMO, for manufacturers interested in that ingredient designation.
Types of oils most affected by GMOs include soybean and canola, however most oils are available in a non-GMO version. Some manufacturers prefer domestic oils that are naturally associated with non-GMO sources, such as safflower and sunflower. These two oils in particular are popular in the nutraceutical segment due to a positive perception and good stability compared to some other oils, which can affect shelf life and impart off flavors.
Certain oils are selected due to flavor such as coconut oils for nutraceutical bars seeking that background flavor note. Batory Nutra imports palm oil and we guarantee our supply is sourced from vendors that are certified by the Round Table on Sustainable Palm Oil, with documentation to back up these sustainability claims.
With demand for trans fat-free continuing to expand, this affects the oils market by causing price and supply to shift often—sometimes daily. Batory Nutra stays in touch with the oil processors to remain ahead of the increased market competition for trans fat-free, non-GMO and other oils, to ensure a steady supply for our customers. Call us today to discuss how Batory Nutra can fulfill your needs for the right type and quantity of oil for your nutraceutical application.
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