Kemin has introduced GT-FORTTM - a natural flavor that can be an alternative to synthetic antioxidants and tocopherols commonly used in frying oils.
GT-FORT is a green tea-based water-soluble liquid extract that is oil dispersible and effectively slows the deterioration of frying oil, reducing oxidative rancidity even at high temperatures.
The simultaneous heat and mass transfer of oil, food and air during deep-fat frying produces the unique characteristics of fried foods. This process also creates chemical reactions that change the physical and chemical properties of fried oil, negatively affecting the flavor stability, texture and nutritional quality of fried foods.
The unique multi-stage green tea extraction process used to manufacture GT-FORT, maximizes the polyphenols that provide effective antioxidant properties which delay oxidation in a variety of fried food applications.
"Our research demonstrates that GT-FORT performs as well as the synthetic ingredients commonly used to stabilize frying oils," said Dr. Will Schroeder, research and development director for Kemin's Food Technologies division. "When tested in palm oil used to create instant noodles and french fries, GT-FORT worked as effectively as synthetics to delay the deterioration of oil, without changing the flavor profile."