Cargill's Health and Food Technologies unit has completed a self-GRAS determination for the use of AdvantaSoyClear as a source of concentrated soy isoflavones in a foods such as beverages, nutrition bars, yoghurt, meal replacements and confectionery.
Cargill claims that the GRAS determination has been affirmed by an independent panel of experts qualified by scientific training and experience to evaluate the safety of food and food ingredients, and in particular isoflavones. It added that AdvantaSoy Clear had improved solubility, taste and colour compared to other isoflavone products.
AdvantaSoy Clear contains approximately 40 per cent isoflavones, flavonoid compounds that are naturally-occurring in soy. Under conditions of intended use, AdvantaSoy Clear would provide 30 to 50 milligrams of soy isoflavones per serving.
Preliminary evidence suggests that isoflavones may benefit health by relieving some menopausal symptoms and maintaining bone health. Additional research is underway on the impact of isoflavones on bone health.
"AdvantaSoy Clear provides added benefit to customers," said Lee Knudson, product manager for Cargill Health & Food Technologies. "It can easily be incorporated into beverages without compromising flavour and taste. The GRAS determination permits the incorporation of isoflavones into applications such as yoghurt and confections - representing a significant opportunity for the consumer food product industry."