Functional wheat starches replace titanium dioxide

By: Loryma on 14 December 2021

With a whiteness of approximately 98 on a scale of 0 (black) to 100 (white), both the small-grain starch and the resistant starch can be used to replace titanium dioxide in foods. On the ingredient list, both variants need only be declared as "wheat starch" and "modified wheat starch," respectively. Which alternative from the Loryma portfolio is the right one depends on the type and nature of the application.

 

Small grain starch

Lory® Starch Iris is a native wheat starch with small, uniform particles (<10 µm). Owing to their size, they can attach homogenously to surfaces and thus produce an even lightning effect in coatings. The starch swells on heating and is therefore suitable for lightening dry or cold applications such as sweets (chocolate lentils, chewing gum).

Resistant starch

Lory® Starch Elara is a resistant wheat starch. It doesn’t thicken in an aqueous environment or with heat. The resistant and crystalline particles produce a lightening effect in foods that contain water and are heated, such as convenience products like dressings, desserts or puddings.

Norbert Klein, Head of Product Development at Loryma, says: “The topic of titanium dioxide substitutes has been occupying food manufacturers from all sectors since EFSA published its assessment in the summer. Manufacturers now have until mid-2022 to change their recipes and processes. We stand by our customers, not only with functional products, but also with advice and support to implement a visually perfect end product that complies with regulatory requirements.”

[1] Press Release EFSA (European Food Safety Authority), published on 6 May 2021, available online: https://www.efsa.europa.eu/en/news/titanium-dioxide-e171-no-longer-considered-safe-when-used-food-additive (latest access 9 December 2021).

[2] Press Corner European Commission, 8 October 2021, available online: https://ec.europa.eu/commission/presscorner/detail/en/mex_21_5165 (latest access 9 December 2021).

 

About Loryma:

Loryma, member of the Crespel & Deiters group, is a producer of globally distributed wheat proteins, wheat starches and functional blends with an expertise of more than 40 years. The company is located in Zwingenberg (Germany), where experts develop future-proof solutions that simultaneously meet the needs of the food industry as well as the rising requirement for healthy nutrition in a growing world population. The responsibly and regionally sourced ingredients optimise stability, texture and flavour of meat and fish, vegetarian and vegan applications, baked goods, convenience products and confectionery. High-quality raw materials combined with in-depth knowledge in processing make Loryma a reliable partner for service, product development and supply of tailor-made solutions fitting today’s demands.

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