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HEALTH, WELLNESS, AND NUTRITION

Ascentra® Sodium-Reducing Flavor Enhancer BY DAIRICONCEPTS, L.P.

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Ascentra is an ingredient made from a proprietary, milk-based fermentation process that enables the lowering of sodium content up to 50% while boosting salt perception, savory nuances and umami effects. Ascentra can be used to replace traditional ingredient sources of umami such as hydrolyzed vegetable proteins (HVP), monosodium glutamate (MSG) or yeast extract, making your food products have a clean label and be gluten-free. Instead of providing an upfront salty hit, Ascentra yields a richer, more rounded flavor, often an improvement to even some traditional, all-salt formulations. A sensory evaluation panel described Ascentra applications as tasting more balanced than those made with yeast extracts and yielding a more rounded flavor than traditional all-salt formulations. Levels as low as 0.5% have been used to reduce salt and remove MSG from soups and snack foods, create mouth-watering crackers, and boost the meat, cheese and vegetable flavors of meal kits, sauces and dips.

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