Jan 1,  

Innova Trend Report 2019, #3 Alternatives for all

Finally, another great example of an innovative platform is lemnoideae (also known as duckweed, lemna or water lentil This plant has a unique amino acid profile similar to animal protein sources such as eggs or milk; contain a range of micronutrients, vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, omega-3 fatty acids, calcium, folate, iron and beta carotene; and are soy, lactose and gluten free. The protein also contains a good amount of leucine, which is considered an important amino acid for its ability to aid in protein synthesis. The plant has been eaten whole around the world for hundreds of years, but Florida based hydroponic producer Parabel has developed a proprietary system to give the plant optimal growing conditions that allow the plant to double its biomass in 24 hours, so it can be harvested daily, with a yield per acre many times higher than other land based crops. Parabel then processes the lentils into a versatile protein powder — called LENTEIN — for use in protein concentrates, isolates fiber and animal feed. In August 2018, US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued a GRAS No Objection Letter for Parabel USA’s LENTEIN plant protein.

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