Hydrolyzed Whey Protein in Meat Products? New Concept. New Opportunities.

meatloafHydrolyzed whey protein is a big term, but it isn’t a scary one

Most consumers and food manufacturers are accustomed to seeing hydrolyzed whey protein in sports supplements. Manufacturers often use hydrolyzed whey protein because it is a more broken-down version of whey protein, and their consumers may view it as more easily absorbed by the body.

Using hydrolyzed whey protein in meat applications is a relatively new concept that Grande Custom Ingredients Group introduced into the market, and it has the potential to positively impact the meat industry. Here’s some information on why producers of meat products may want to consider this innovative concept.

What is Hydrolyzed Whey Protein?

In simple terms, hydrolyzed whey protein is a broken-down version of whey protein. The term hydrolyzed is a combination of two words:

Hydro = water
Lyze = to disintegrate or break down

Scientifically speaking, numerous amino acids and peptides combine to form polypeptides, or proteins. Hydrolyzation breaks proteins down into their individual peptides and amino acids

Consider building blocks as an analogy. Individual blocks and sections represent the amino acids and peptides; the completed structure is the protein. Disassembling the completed structure into its individual pieces is similar to the process of hydrolysis.

Consumer Perceptions of Hydrolyzed Whey Protein

In general, consumers are familiar with the term “hydrolyzed” and seek it out for its perceived ability to promote quicker absorption of amino acids into the bloodstream. This is appealing to athletes who want to accelerate muscle recovery after intense workouts. Truth be told, however, the scientific literature hasn’t found consensus on these claims.

There are some who might perceive “hydrolyzed” as a chemical-sounding term. It’s important to remember that hydrolyzation occurs in nature and in the body during digestion. In the food industry, hydrolyzation can be replicated using natural methods like adding heat and acid or enzymes to break apart the bonds linking the amino acids.

Why Use Hydrolyzed Whey Protein in Meat Products?

Grande Custom Ingredients Group made waves when it introduced Grande FestoTM,  a proprietary form of hydrolyzed whey protein for use in meat applications.

Including whey protein in meat products isn’t done to achieve higher protein levels. So, why might formulators include Grande Festo in their processed meat products or meat seasoning blends? It’s because of the following functional benefits:

  • Increases yields up to 5%
  • Eliminates “filler and binder” claims
  • Enhances savory umami flavors
  • Improves texture 
  • Incorporates into food systems easily
  • Reduces handling and storage
  • Minimizes price volatility

Because Grande Festo is not classified as a filler or binder, food formulators can clean up their labels. It can effectively replace fillers like citrus fiber, soy protein concentrate or traditional whey ingredients

Like our other whey products, Grande Festo is an all-natural ingredient that doesn't undergo any chemical modifications.

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How Does Grande Festo Work?

When meat is subjected to heat through cooking, the proteins contract, releasing both moisture and fat. The resulting product is smaller, drier and less flavorful. 

Formulas that include Grande Festo produce finished products that are juicier, more tender and tastier. Grande Festo’s proprietary functionality allows it to retain the fat and moisture typically lost during the cooking process — a benefit that increases yield, improves texture and enhances flavor.

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Including Grande Festo hydrolyzed whey protein in your meat products might be a new concept. But as the food industry continues to evolve, formulators need to consider which ingredients will be a part of their toolbox and set them apart.

If you want to differentiate your meat products from the competition, it’s time to try Grande Festo. A little goes a long way, and our formulation specialists will work with you to customize a solution. Contact us today to talk through the possibilities and request a sample. And check out our quick video below.

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