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Natural Taste Consulting: From science to solution

Published: 07-Sep-2012 | Format: PDF file | Document type: White / Technical Paper
Natural Taste Consulting

Acidic products need no longer taste SOUR !

Food preservation is a method applied to prevent spoilage that commonly occurs through either the growth of microorganisms in food products or oxidation of the fatty acids causing rancidity.

There are a wide range of methods currently available to decrease the growth of microorganisms, among them,  reducing the pH-value below the point that pathogenic bacteria grow (pickling, fermentation or addition of acid).

While acidity helps to diminish microbial growth, the sour taste can be aversive to  the human palate and this negatively impacts consumer preference. Hence, product formulators are constantly faced with a paradox: 

How can one maintain a low pH to keep microbial growth in check while offering a product meeting the taste desires of the consumer?

This document details why you need a certain pH in food products, the associated problems, the mechanism behind the sour taste perception and a possible NATURAL SOLUTION.

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