Answering the call for nutrition benefits.
Consumer trends in nutrition and health inspire the solutions we bring you at the Ingredion Idea Labs™ innovation centers. You can trace our offerings in fiber, resistant starch and protein, for example, to global demand for digestive health, weight wellness and added protein solutions so you can make products that answer consumer demands.
Our approach to nutrition has deep roots in clinical validation and is focused on optimized performance. With Ingredion, you can be confident in your nutritional claims and build consumer trust in your products, whether you are addressing nutrition-plus challenges in energy or weight management, nutrition-minus challenges in sugar or fat reduction or helping sensitive populations such as infants and the elderly get the nourishment they need.
Driving nutrition innovation
Nutrition innovations at our Ingredion Idea Labs™ innovation centres begin and end with the consumer and our CONSUMER-CENTRICITY™ design approach. By commissioning proprietary studies and surveys, we understand precisely what nutrition goals consumers hope to meet through the foods and beverages they purchase—and we analyze how they respond to specific health claims on labels.
Armed with reliable insights, our experts then explore where we need to expand our robust portfolio of nature-based novel and proprietary ingredients, including and soluble fibres, resistant starches, oligosaccharides, functional starches, vegetable proteins and more. For example, we recently added new fruit and vegetable concentrates from our acquisition of Kerr Concentrates, Inc. And our exclusive agreement with AGT Foods brings you high-quality pulse proteins in certain regions.
If you need help with nutritional product development now, our experts will work with you to develop prototypes for clinical study use. Ask for close, confidential collaboration with our nutritionists to validate the claims that will differentiate your products in the market, and rely on our regulatory expertise to align your product with local requirements.
We will perfect your final food or beverage formulation to make sure your enriched product, or your reduced calorie product, offers taste and texture as appealing as a traditional one. When your on-trend nutritional benefits are delivered in great-tasting yogurts, granola bars, smoothies, chewable vitamins and much more, you win in the market.
Eye on the future
Applied and clinical research in nutrition continues in the Ingredion Idea Labs™ innovation centres to help you answer tomorrow’s trends. At the heart of demand for nutritious foods is a desire to live longer, healthier lives. What if your foods and beverages could contribute to wellness by helping to support health or aid in recovery?
Our scientists have focused on health management through ingredient development for many years. Even as this research continues, we have recently filed a petition with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to allow a type 2 diabetes risk reduction claim for our heavily researched HI-MAIZE® resistant starch. If approved, this could make a significant contribution to consumers looking for foods to manage their health.
And that’s just one of the developments we’re working on. At Ingredion, we are always innovating to find new and better ways to keep consumers healthy and your products in demand. If you are interested in offering bold and differentiating new label claims backed by years of exacting science, now is an exciting time to work with us.
 Ingredion’s petition is currently under review by the FDA
Helping you today
Here’s more detail on how we’re helping you address the challenges inherent in nutrition trends today.
Glycemic and weight management
HI-MAIZE® resistant starch is a unique dietary fibre that supports balanced energy, effective weight management, healthy blood sugar and improved metabolism in everything from nourishing baked goods and pasta to shakes and smoothies. HI-MAIZE® high fibre whole grain flour has been shown in multiple clinical studies to reduce feelings of hunger and reduce glycemic response.
Sugar and calorie reduction
Look to our wide portfolio of reduced-sugar and -calorie solutions—including caloric and non-caloric sweeteners, dextrose, high-intensity sweeteners, fibres, polyols and stevia-based sweeteners, including ENLITEN® Reb A stevia. You can count on a high-quality and consistent supply of this high-intensity, nature-based sweetener from Ingredion’s unique cultivar. Consider our NUTRAFLORA® soluble fibre, which is 30% as sweet as sugar and it has a similar sweetness profile to sugar, with fewer calories. DIAL-IN® Technology, developed by our experts to be the shortest path to perfect sweetness and texture, helps you get the right balance of functionality and appeal.
Our range of fibre offerings, including soluble fibres and oligosaccharides, as well as resistant starches and insoluble fibres, help support digestive health and can be easily incorporated into in baked goods, bars, snacks, beverages, dairy products, cereals and supplements. Look for NUTRAFLORA® soluble fibre, BIOLIGO™ galactooligosaccharides, HI-MAIZE® resistant starch to help you deliver the digestive health benefits you are looking for.
Early life nutrition
You can put parents at ease with our BIOLIGO™ galacto-oligosaccharides (GOS) ingredients, which nutritionally mimic human milk in support of healthy growth and development. Our UNI-PURE® IMF series instant texturizers also make infant formulas easier to swallow and reduce regurgitation.
People with special nutritional requirements and intolerances need high-quality nourishment. Ingredion offers a range of thickening ingredients to help customers deliver solutions for dysphagia patients. For example, with our UNI-PURE® Dys-sperse dysphagia thickener, which instantly thickens liquids to make them easier to ingest, you can provide the nutrition dysphagia patients need while preserving the flavours and aromas they enjoy.
Clean and simple
People associate clean and simple labels with healthier eating. Ingredion offers many solutions such as VITESSENCE™ Pulse proteins, to help you deliver wholesome foods and beverages that meet clean label demand and provide extra nutrition.
With our wide range of functional flours, fibres, resistant starches, pulses and starches, you can meet the ever-growing trend for gluten-free foods. Choose from clean label ingredients, such as HOMECRAFT® Create GF flour replacement systems.
Or select a modified solution, such as PRECISA® Bake and EXPANDEX® modified food starches, which offer remarkable texture and, as one bulk ingredient system, can eliminate the need for several other ingredients. Other winning ingredients include HI-MAIZE® resistant starches, and HOMECRAFT® Pulse flours, which are sustainably sourced and add protein, fibre and vitamins to gluten-free foods.
Work with us at an Ingredion Idea Labs™ innovation centre near you.