Many of the soya food ingredients such as soya meals, concentrates, isolates that are used worldwide are by products of the soya oil industry and their nutritional values have been degraded in the process. In contrast, this technology enhances the nutritional value of starting soya through a special sprouting process. The newly developed composition is a top quality, inexpensive protein source and premium quality meat substitute at a competitive price. The non-GM sprouted whole soya bean can be cooked and ground into a pale cream-coloured paste with neutral aroma and flavour which then can be packed for use in new food manufacturing. The technology can be used to develop a wide range of products for the food industry.
During the natural process of germination, enzyme stores in the soya bean activate and increase its nutritional value to provide for strong growth into a healthy plant. This technology interrupts the sprouting process just at the point where the nutrient values reach their peak and offer this uniquely, nutrition-packed form of soya to the food industry. The nutrient values that increase significantly include that of isoflavonoids, betacarotene, vitamin C, vitamin E and dietary fibre. Carbohydrates and proteins are also converted into less complex forms. As a result of these natural processes, the product has better taste, can be easily digested and does not cause flatulence. At the same time carbohydrate content decreases.
This technology can be used to produce a variety of value added products such as pasta, snacks, ready meals, confectionary and bakery products, for food related industries and businesses that cater to the public, the army, hospitals as well as households. As a source of highly digestible complete protein and a good source of fibre combined with no cholesterol and low carbohydrate, it is well suited for specialist diets, particularly for diabetics, weight loss management and different hospital diets.
Around 80% of world s soybeans are processed for soybean oil and soybean meal, and 95% of soybean meals are converted in to animal feed. Soy food and beverage products are prepared by processing soybeans. The health benefits of soybean include high protein and fiber contents with complete absence of cholesterol. Soy products are currently available in the market as fermented or non-fermented whole food products, food additives and/or ingredients and oil. Soy milk and tofu are traditional soy products which are easily available in retail stores throughout the world. Asia-Pacific and Latin American regions are estimated to be the fastest growing markets for soy based food products. Whole soy food product is the largest and fastest growing market segment. Increasing awareness regarding weight health, and increase in ageing population are driving factors for the global soy food products market. Worldwide, soy based food product sales are estimated to be worth over $100 billion and growing at 5% to 10% annually.
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