Soy protein is a high-quality, plant-based protein, making it unique among other commercially viable plant protein sources. With a Protein Digestibility-Corrected Amino Acid Score (PDCAAS) of 1.0, it is comparable to dairy, egg and meat protein in protein quality. Soy protein is also low in fat and saturated fat and cholesterol and lactose-free.
In food formulations, soy protein can be used as an alternative to dairy and meat proteins, without impacting the protein quality of the finished product. As a plant-based protein, it is also ideally suited for use in products positioned as non-dairy, vegan or vegetarian.
Decades of clinical research also support the health benefits of soy protein. This research has led to the approval of health claims in 13 countries around the globe, linking soy protein consumption to reduced cardiovascular disease risk. Soy protein has also been shown to be effective in supporting healthy weight loss, maximizing muscle gains as part of an exercise program and supporting healthy growth and development in children.
As a plant-based protein, soy protein also offers sustainability advantages compared to animal-based proteins. DuPont Nutrition & Health has demonstrated the sustainability impact of our soy protein products through a third-party validated Life Cycle Assessment (LCA). Our LCA validates the low carbon footprint of our soy protein products, compared to common animal-based proteins, and their more favorable impact on water, land and energy utilization.
Soy protein is an economical and reliable alternative to meat and dairy proteins, helping food manufacturers control costs and improve the profitability of their products.
When used in meat applications, soy proteins help meat processors lower costs, improve yields and upgrade lower cost meats, while enhancing the overall consumer eating experience. As an alternative to dairy proteins in nutritional beverages and bars, soy protein can help lower formulation costs, improve taste and provide a hedge against dairy protein price and supply volatility.
For decades, DuPont Nutrition & Health have worked with brand owners across the globe to create and implement protein strategies focused on optimizing costs, while maintaining or often improving their brand’s sensory performance. Our sensory and formulation expertise in blending proteins for optimal cost and sensory results have helped brand owners drive improved profitability and growth for their businesses.
Soy proteins are among the most versatile plant proteins. Bland in flavor, available in a wide range of formats and exhibiting a wide range of functionality, soy proteins can be used to add protein nutrition or deliver specific protein functionality in a wide range of applications.
DuPont Soy Protein Solutions are designed to deliver application-specific functionality. For that reason, we offer a variety of protein products, exhibiting a wide range of functional properties, protein levels and physical formats. Some of the specific attributes that can differ from one protein to another include the following:
By understanding your formulation goals and processing constraints, our technical experts can recommend a protein that can precisely fit the nutritional, economic and functional requirements of your product.