Optipep is becoming the number one hydrolysed protein for taste performing significantly higher than leading products on the market in terms of overall taste and palatability. When tasted in an end product by serious sports enthusiasts and users of sports nutrition products, the new clean tasting hydrolysed whey protein was evaluated significantly better on overall taste, aftertaste, mouth feel, aroma and appearance.
A raw material supplier commissioned the in-depth sensory study to better understand consumer attitudes towards taste and acceptability in the sports nutrition arena. 300 serious sports enthusiasts between the ages of 26 and 35 based in the Netherlands participated in the study, each tasting one sample and providing detailed preference data. The research carried out by Opinion-Group who specialise in sensory evaluation of food & beverage products.
Optipep allows sports nutrition manufacturers to incorporate WPH without any compromises in terms of customer experience or flavour in final products. Nutritionally, Optipep offers high levels of di- and tri-peptides which are ideal for rapid delivery of essential peptides for recovery and strength building. Optipep also enables manufacturers to make a WPH claim on their product labels to appeal to specific customer sectors.
New research has highlighted the increased insulinotrophic effects of WPH, Optipep, compared to native whey protein. Research carried out at the Department of Physical Education and Sports Science at the University of Limerick highlights the value of an increased insulin response in aiding recovery and reducing muscle injury post exercise.
What is Optipep?
Optipep is a range of protein hydrolysates manufactured from whey proteins, whey being the liquid recovered following cheese production from cow’s milk. Whey Protein Concentrate hydrolysates contain 80% protein and Whey Protein Isolate hydrolysates contain 90% protein. The hydrolysis process enzymatically digests the protein into smaller peptides and fractions. The Optipep range includes products with varying degrees of hydrolysis and many have been developed for maximum performance in a variety of applications.
How is Optipep produced?
Optipep is produced by enzymatic hydrolysis of WPH and WPI. Non GMO Food Grade enzymes are used with specific emphasis on reduction of bitterness. After the hydrolysis step, the preparation is heat treated to irreversibly inactivate the enzymes. Optipep is spray dried and instantised for optimum solubility in water.
What is the shelf life of Optipep?
Optipep is a spray dried powder that is stored in high quality packaging. When stored under the correct conditions – under clean, cool dry conditions not exposed to direct sunlight or strong odours and avoiding direct contact with walls and floors – Optipep has a recommended shelf life of 24 months.
How does Optipep taste in comparison to other hydrolysed proteins on the market?
All hydrolysates are bitter in nature because of the exposure of bitter amino acids during the hydrolysate process. The manufacturing process and the enzyme cocktail selections have been optimised to produce the best tasting hydrolysate. Our hydrolysates have been evaluated in a specialist sensory lab against competitor products, showing our superior sensory profile.
What are the advantages of using a hydrolysed whey protein (Optipep) instead of an intact whey protein?
During the production process for Optipep, the protein is pre-digested into di- and tri- peptides resulting in faster absorption into the bloodstream and hence promotes quicker recovery after exercise.
Optipep may help in the following:
Accelerates recovery from exercise
Helps faster recovery
Helps enhance endurance
Increases the time to fatigue during exercise
Helps better performance
Helps to increase physical performance
Is Optipep Lactose Free?
No, however within the Optipep range there are a number of options for low lactose. The whey protein isolate hydrolysate has a lactose of ~<0.1%. The whey protein concentrate hydrolysate has ~ 2-3% lactose. Optipep is available as a whey protein concentrate hydrolysate with a lower lactose level where the lactose has been hydrolysed into its component monosaccharides glucose and galactose. This product has <0.5% lactose.
Is Optipep Kosher and Halal?
Yes, Optipep is Kosher and Halal.
Does Optipep have Low Glycemic Index status?
Yes, Optipep has low Glycemic Index status
Is Optipep suitable for vegetarians?
Yes, Optipep is suitable for vegetarians.
What sort of applications can Optipep be used in?
Optipep can be used in a wide variety of applications including:
– Instant Powder Beverages
– RTD Beverages
– Protein Bars
– Protein Gels
– Protein Fortified Juice
– Protein Fortified Smoothies