A line of acerola extract based antioxidants designed for maximum effectiveness against color degradation. Acerola cherry powder from Kemin is an extract which is high in the natural form of ascorbic acid, which helps protect the color of a variety of food and beverage products. Acerola extract is also well known in the meat and poultry industry for its cure accelerating abilities in conjunction with a curing agent.
Not only does acerola extract protect the organoleptic and nutritional qualities of products over the long term, as a single ingredient solution, it is an excellent consumer friendly option for meat manufacturers as it keeps fresh meat color (myoglobin) in its reduced state extending color-life. FORTIUM A can be used in natural meat products and is available in both liquid and dry forms.
Acerola extract is effective at delaying the oxidation of the iron ion in the myoglobin molecule and though acerola extract is an effective color protector on its own, it becomes even more effective when used in combination with other plant extracts such as from rosemary and green tea. Here, acerola extract capitalizes on the unique benefits of both extracts in order to maximize flavor and color retention during long-term storage for enhanced protection. When used in combination with rosemary and green tea extracts, acerola extract is more effective at delaying discoloration than acerola, rosemary and green tea extracts alone. Blends come in both liquid and dry forms and are recommended depending on packaging and process conditions.
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