05 May 2014
StopGum: clean label alternative to gums
Limagrain Céréales Ingrédients has launched a wheat based ingredient that can replace gums and thus help you clean up your labels
Consumers have become more concerned with what is in their foods, how they are made and where the ingredients come from. This way, a culture for checking food labels has emerged. Linked to the health and wellness trend and a more recent emphasis on origin and sustainability, this change in behaviour has meant that many consumers have become label critics.
If an ingredient sounds like a chemical or is not to be found in a kitchen cupboard it will be regarded with suspicion whether it comes from nature or not. This is also the case with gums such as guar, xanthan and tara gums – they might come from nature, but they do not sound natural. Switching to more “consumer-friendly” ingredients may therefore be a good idea.
That is why Limagrain Céréales Ingrédients has developed StopGum, an ingredient providing the same attributes in the finished products as gums, offering good water retention capabilities and therefore a good substitute for guar, xanthan and tara gums. Gum substitution can be a real technical challenge, but StopGum is easy to incorporate in the recipe. The recommended dosage depends on the quantity of gum that it replaces in the recipe.
Limagrain Céréales Ingrédients has tested StopGum in various bakery products such as sliced bread, bread rolls and brioche. The products with StopGum had the same level of hydrations and no difference in texture compared to the products containing gums.