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Time for a fresh 'starch' with Potato-Maize extracts
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17 July 2023

Time for a fresh 'starch' with Potato-Maize extracts

Potatoes have been around for thousands of years and find themselves in a plethora of food recipes. Most of us go about our day not giving this vegetable too much thought, yet the mighty potato is quite a remarkable legume. Here’s why:

  1. Potatoes can basically grow anywhere Potatoes are a cool-weather type of crop that typically thrives in the more northern parts of the world. However, they can also be grown as winter crops in warmer environments. Potatoes can also be grown at higher altitudes and are resistant to harsh growing conditions. They can even tolerate light frost. According to the FAO (FAOSTAT, 2021), 376 million tons of potatoes were produced globally. Out of a total official of 195 countries, a staggering 160 countries produce potatoes, so quite a versatile crop that remains very local.

  2. Potatoes are packed with nutrients Potatoes are packed with minerals and vitamins. They also contain antioxidant compounds such as flavonoids, carotenoids and phenolic acids. Antioxidants have a scavenger function in the body. It helps to protect our cells from the damage caused by free radicals. Free radicals are unstable molecules that are made during normal cell metabolism. If not eliminated, they can build up in cells and cause damage to other molecules. This, in turn, could lead to an increased risk of cancer and other diseases, such as diabetes or even heart disease. Potatoes also contain resistant starch. This special type of starch is not broken down nor fully absorbed by the body. When resistant starch reaches the large intestine, it can become a food source for good bacteria. Resistant starch may have important health benefits, including the reduction of insulin resistance.

  1. Potatoes are one of the most sustainable foods in the world. Studies have shown that potatoes produce less greenhouse gases and require less water compared with many other crops (Liu et al., 2021). On top of that, potatoes produce more food energy per m3 of water used, compared to many other crops (Potato | Land & Water | Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations | Land & Water | Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, n.d.). Potatoes also create less waste. Up to 85% of the potato plant can be consumed.

  2. Potato-Maize: The perfect ingredient for a sustainable future Whilst potato drinks are not new, they often taste very starchy. Thanks to the combination of potato and maize, two ancient crops, we created a much better-tasting alternative that combines the best of both worlds: legumes and grains. Potato-Maize allows for clean, clear and short labelling. The products can simply be declared as 'potato and corn syrup or potato and corn extract'. Potato-Maize has a dextrose equivalence of 45 and can be used in many applications such as biscuits, bakery, dairy products (drinks, yogurts, desserts, etc), plant-based products, plant-based drinks and many more. Potato-Maize can be used to provide a plethora of functionalities such as natural taste, sweetness, bulking agent, crispness and viscosity…just to name a few.

  3. Meurens Natural: Sustainable innovation at its core Meurens Natural has been a pioneer in the organic sector and has been focused on producing clean-label organic and natural cereal extracts for more than 30 years. With a unique and innovative production process, that is 100% in line with the organic philosophy, that includes five essential steps: Milling, hydrolysis, mechanical filtration (our filtration step is carried out completely mechanically, without the use of conventional methods, technical and chemical agents and without demineralisation), evaporation and packaging, we can offer our customers ingredients that are all-natural and organic.

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