Formulating with vitamin E, however, has certain challenges. For example, vitamin E is susceptible to oxidation, which can impact shelf life. In addition, the fact that vitamin E is soluble in fat but not water presents a problem in beverages. Where oil-based ingredients might typically be emulsified in a beverage to ensure dispersion, this leads to some opacity that may not be acceptable in certain types of beverages like sports drinks or functional waters.
Microencapsulation is a process that can be used to overcome these challenges. Microencapsulated vitamin E has a protective coating that prevents or delays oxidation and nutrient interactions, thereby improving stability. Microencapsulation can also be used to create a water-dispersible vitamin E that’s clear in solution like Glanbia’s Clear Natural E.
Innovative Ingredient Solutions
More than ever, consumers are looking for food and beverage products that can help boost their health and nutrition. While adding ingredients like vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, botanicals, and other bioactives are a great way to appeal to consumers, choosing the right ingredients for the application is key.
As a global leader in nutritional ingredients, Glanbia Nutritionals offers innovative ingredient solutions such as our portfolio of Watson Functionally Optimized Nutrients specifically designed to address formulation challenges. Contact us to overcome your challenges in working with vitamin E.