Do you eat out and wonder about what you are eating or where it came from? Are you a consumer who pays attention to the nutrition label on a package and tries to understand what it all means? Going beyond just the layout of the nutrition label but also what is there and why it’s there is explained a bit further on our Changes to the Nutrition Facts Label Page. but if you dig deeper and truly want to know what it is that you are eating and how it is processed, let’s talk about the foods that include seasonings, flavors, and fortified blends that give you that awesome sensation when you eat or drink your favorite product.
There are lots of ways to get your food to taste good and you probably utilize many techniques such as adding some salt, marinating your chicken, or simply steaming prior to cooking or eating but what happens in the kitchen is not that different from what some food manufacturers are doing. Spray drying is just one of those techniques to help you get your desired ingredient into your food or beverage product.
Spray Drying for Fortification
There is often a need to provide nutrients that otherwise would not be consumed readily and that’s how fortification comes into play. If you are lacking Vitamin D3 and cannot be outside for significant time, then the best way to get it is through a supplement or a fortified product. To get Vitamin D3 into the product, perhaps spray drying was the technique that was used. Spray drying simply allows D3 crystals to be dissolved/suspended into an oil phase and then mixed with a carrier such as maltodextrin or gum arabic and then spray dried to remove the water under heat; thus, resulting in a spray dried D3 powdered product. By converting the crystals into usable powder form, this powder can now be added into products that need to be fortified so that you can start achieving your recommended daily value.
Watson Beta Clear®
There are lots of other products that can be spray dried and some of those include beta carotene, cheese powders, juices, and seasonings. Beta carotene often has red/pink hue that after being spray dried can present challenges for food manufacturers that do not necessarily want the color to impact their food or beverage product so what can be done about this? Watson has developed a spray dried beta carotene product that when dissolved in water is clear, called BetaClear® 768, and thus can tremendously help a food manufacture to utilize beta carotene to meet Vitamin A claims without seeing a color impact in their product. Cheese powders and seasonings can also be spray dried with each having its own challenges of meeting particle size for the end application while when working with juices, the challenge may be how to account for the juice’s brix level or sugar level so that spray drying can occur.
No matter the application or the product, the spray process still involves taking a liquid slurry and removing water under heat to give you a powder. To learn more about spray dried products, visit our spray drying page.