Capsoil FoodTech, established by natural fruit extracts and concentrates supplier Prodalim Group, is introducing a breakthrough in the functional food and beverage space. Its proprietary technology can process bioactive oil compounds into self-emulsifying powders. This allows manufacturers to easily integrate nutritional oils, lipid-based nutrients and fat-soluble vitamins into their own product portfolios.
This particular process doesn’t involve extraction, solvent or heat and doesn’t change the oil’s nutritional profile. The end-product is a dry, free-flowing powder that easily dissolves in hot or cold liquids.
It also contains 30 to 60% of the oil’s nutrients and bioactive compounds. Bioaccessibility and absorption by the body is also improved with the nanostructured particles’ large surface area. This means that consumers need only a lower dosage to reap the health benefits.
“Oil and water cannot mingle according to the laws of nature,” explains Itay Shafat, PhD, Scientific Director for Capsoil. “In Capsoil, we found a way of overcoming this barrier and created an advanced method for incorporating oil-based nutrients into water- based products. This opens the doors to products such as juices enriched with MCTs or ice pops fortified with omega fatty acids. Even hot drinks can get a ‘better-for-you’ upgrade by infusing them with beneficial oils, such as vitamins A, D, E, and K, or hemp oils. The possibilities are endless.”
“We are working with food and beverage companies to help them tailor new food and beverage applications, or find new novel delivery methods, for desired food oils or key fat-soluble nutrients,” adds Shafat.
In the dietary supplements space, this innovation helps producers to incorporate omega 3 and other lipid-based ingredients into capsule, dry pill or sachet formats.
“Many consumers find it difficult to ingest omega fatty acids in oil form, or they dislike the texture of soft gels,” states Nir Ilani, CEO of Capsoil. “Consuming high amounts of MCT’s, a key component of the keto diet, is also burdensome for many consumers. Our tech allows for oil-based ingredients to be enjoyed in low, manageable doses and easy-to-digest formats.”
“We trialed a broad spectrum of Capsoil powdered oils in various water-based applications, assessing such key parameters as bioavailability and stability of the actives with very encouraging results,” adds Shafat. “Further clinical trials are in the pipeline that will allow our innovative powdered formats to open the doors to new advances in functional product diversity.”