The Truth About Plant Protein – Part 2

February 26, 20243
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Last month, we talked about plant protein covering the different types, how it is processed, the health benefits, and how it tastes. If you missed it, click here to read The Truth About Plant Protein – Part 1. This month, Part 2, focuses on the taste, texture, and mouthfeel of plant protein.

Plant protein is typically sold in powder form and mixed with water or milk to make a shake. Texture and temperature are the easiest ways to improve the taste. First, you need to start with the right tools. Because plant protein powders can be gritty, and some do not dissolve as well, you need to blend it very well. A drink bottle or shaker will not cut it. Try mixing your protein powder using a blender, a stick blender, or a food processor. This will make your beverage smooth without the gritty mouthfeel. The colder the temperature of the protein beverage, the more palatable it may be and the more aromatic compounds are less noticeable. The smell of the beverage will be a little more pleasing, which improves the overall tasting experience.

Another way to improve the taste is to sweeten it with artificial sweeteners. Many manufacturers of protein powders do this to improve the taste. They contain few, if any, calories. However, they can provide an overpowering or intense sweetness which leaves an unpleasant aftertaste. You might want to try your own natural sweetener, such as honey, agave, or maple syrup to improve the taste in your protein beverage.

The traditional way to have protein powder is to mix it with water. You can also try milk or fruit juice to give it a little more taste and flavor. There are several ways to consume protein powder other than a shake or beverage. You can add it to yogurt, baked goods, oatmeal, smoothies, soups, and sauces.

If you are a manufacturer of plant-based protein powders, we should talk. At LifeWise, we offer several products that smooth out the flavor profile, mask cardboard notes, enhance a fatty mouthfeel, reduce sugar, and more. Check out the many ways you can apply our flavor modifiers in your products by clicking here. Make sure to request a sample of any of the products you would like to try.

High-protein meals give you energy to change the world. – Protein Chefs


3 comments

  • Ima Searching for Solutions

    February 27, 2024 at 8:32 am

    Plant proteins present a portfolio of flavor and texture conflicts for product developers. Some of the more highly processed, plant-proteins can get us closer to the goal of a neutral tase and more solubility. At the same time, we now see consumers searching for less-processed foods. These simpler ingredients take us back toward a rawer flavor and texture profile. The use of taste modulation tools is becoming increasingly more relevant.

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  • Heather Johnson

    February 27, 2024 at 10:47 am

    Great info! Even though protein shakes have come a long way, there are still plenty that could use a little help!

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  • Dan H

    February 27, 2024 at 11:14 am

    What a great part 2. Such great information! Thanks

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