Natural pink lagoons found in Australia contain an important health ingredient produced by algae, dunaliella salina. This article discusses the health benefits of algae beta-carotene and shows how betatene® from BASF can be incorporated into effective consumer solutions. By Dr Kai Lin Ek and Dr Ute Obermueller Jevic, scientific marketing managers, BASF Nutrition and Health

Eating with your eyes alone may link to negative health effects if artificial dyes are involved. Natural food colourants not only colour food naturally, but also healthily and with added nutrition. What does natural food colourant palm mixed-carotene have to offer? By Chee Yen Lau, nutritionist, Excelvite, Malaysia

A process allowing for the extraction of compounds from fallen leaves could potentially be used to provide natural colourants, say researchers at VTT Technical Research Centre in Finland.

Flowers are an untapped source of bioactive nutrients, according to researchers from the Polytechnic Institute of Bragança in Portugal.

EVTeneSem by ExcelVite is a cold water soluble natural palm mixed-carotene complex emulsion which serves as natural colourant for food and beverage applications. It contains a significant level of alphacarotene and beta-carotene, together with other carotenes such as gamma-carotene and lycopene. These carotenes are naturally derived from red palm fruit.

It is also a good source of antioxidants and pro-vitamin A that helps to prevent vitamin A deficiency and night blindness.

The emulsion provides good colour stability (ranging from light yellow to dark orange) with no ‘oil ring’ issue. It is suitable for clear drink and beverage systems without cloudiness. It also fits into the clean label culture that colours food and beverages naturally and nutritionally.

Natural colours are increasingly replacing synthetics in Asia Pacific, but as these formulation changes are made, more technical expertise is often required to create colours with the right hue and stability. By Bryan Áviles, innovation scientist; Megan Jacobs, market specialist; & Katie Queen Rountree, application scientist, global support center, DDW.

Vitamin a might be the most underrated of all vitamin alphabet hybrids, never really gaining the scurvy-beating, capsule-pushing fame of vitamins c and d. Recent research exploring the health benefits of vitamin a though, has pushed the vitamin’s relevance up a few notches. By Nyi Nyi Thet

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