Fairfield, NJ -- A&B Ingredients is excited to report a major breakthrough in replacing synthetic antioxidant TBHQ in vegetable oils with a natural, clean-label alternative. The new natural antioxidant is marketed under the name CytoGUARD ZOX. The antioxidant study results indicated CytoGUARD ZOX was highly effective at delaying the oxidation in soybean oil while demonstrating comparable performance to TBHQ. Study results suggest CytoGUARD ZOX is a promising alternative to TBHQ, meeting the needs of today's health-conscious consumers.
Soybean oil is one of the most widely used edible oils in food manufacturing. It is used in a variety of packaged goods, baked goods, dressings, sauces, snacks, and fried foods. Soybean oil is also often used as a cooking oil. Preventing oxidation in vegetable oils helps food manufacturers ensure the high quality of their products and extend their shelf life.
Gil Bakal, Managing Director at A&B Ingredients, explains, "If food manufacturers don't address oxidation in oils, it eventually leads to rancidity causing product loss and resulting in health risks for consumers. Synthetic antioxidants, like TBHQ, are used extensively in the vegetable oil industry to control oxidative rancidity. However, a growing number of consumers want to see natural ingredients on the product label, and TBHQ doesn't fit the requirement for clean-label, natural foods."
Health concerns surrounding the use of synthetic preservatives, including food additive TBHQ, are fueling the natural, clean-label trend across every food industry. Food manufacturers are looking for ways to control oxidation and extend the shelf life of vegetable oils using clean-label solutions. They are looking for a functional natural alternative to synthetic antioxidants, like TBHQ.
"The clean label and all-natural trends in the food industry are growing fast, and food manufacturers increasingly recognize the need to replace artificial additives, including preservatives, with natural solutions," says Bakal. "For over a decade, we have researched, studied, and manufactured natural, plant-based ingredients for food quality and shelf life extension under the brand name CytoGUARD . The antioxidant study results show that CytoGUARD ZOX-OS can help food manufacturers dealing with oil oxidation keep their products fresher longer while meeting the clean label claims."
CytoGUARD ZOX is the newest addition and latest innovation in A&B Ingredients' line of clean-label, natural antioxidants. CytoGUARD ZOX is a powerful antioxidant based on natural plant extracts of Mediterranean herbs and spices. It is part of the clean-label line of CytoGUARD food quality and shelf life extension solutions. CytoGUARD antioxidants can be used as a natural replacement for synthetic antioxidants in vegetable oils and foods prone to oxidation.
A&B Ingredients' latest study was designed to measure the oxidative stability of vegetable soybean oil treated with CytoGUARD ZOX-OS and compare it against TBHQ. The study results demonstrated comparable efficacy of CytoGUARD ZOX-OS natural antioxidant in soybean oil compared to TBHQ. The Rancimat test was used to determine the oxidative stability in vegetable soybean oil. The below graph illustrates the delay in oil oxidation in the tested oil samples.
A&B Ingredients provides natural clean label ingredient solutions to the food and beverage industry with a focus on health and nutrition, food safety and quality. A&B Ingredientís portfolio includes pea protein, starch and fiber, shelf-stable probiotics, low sodium sea salt, natural flavor enhancement, natural antioxidants, antimicrobials, and yeast and mold inhibitors.