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TECHNICALLY SPEAKING
Len Heflich
heflichfoodsafety@gmail.com

'ANTI'- UP

Antioxidants are one ingredient that formulators can really bet on.

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Every day we breathe in a toxic gas - oxygen - to stay
alive! Unless managed tightly in the body, oxygen would
cause serious damage. Most of what a person consumes
is converted into harmless water and carbon dioxide to
create energy via respiration. The rest ends up as free
radicals, molecules that have an unbalanced charge.
They react quickly with protein, fat, carbohydrates or
DNA, which causes damage. A group of molecules
called antioxidants are the first line of defense against
that damage.
The healthy body maintains a balance between free
radicals and antioxidant production. However, environmental factors like air pollution, smoking, stress or
high-intensity exercise can increase free radicals in the
body. Without sufficient antioxidants to manage them,
excess free radicals cause damage that can eventually
manifest as disease.
One easy way to improve the balance between free
radicals and antioxidants is by increasing the latter in
foods. The baking industry has an opportunity to develop products as vehicles for additional antioxidants.
Many common bakery ingredients naturally contain high levels of antioxidants. Wheat bran has high
levels, while whole wheat flour and whole grains
contain beneficial levels. Yeast contains glutathione,
an excellent antioxidant that is also produced in our
bodies. Cocoa and cinnamon are two of the most potent antioxidants available, and beta carotene and lutein are easy to incorporate in most bakery products
with no impact on flavor or texture while imparting

a pleasant yellow/orange color to the crumb. Fruits,
especially raisins, dates, blueberries and acai berries,
can boost antioxidant content and add flavor, texture
and eye appeal.
Nuts, a popular inclusion in baked goods, also contain significant levels of antioxidants.
Despite the bad press that comes with their chemical-sounding names, synthetic antioxidants like BHA,
BHT and TBHQ have been shown to be effective in the
body. Lastly, there are essential oils and extracts such as
rosemary oil, which could be used as a natural way to
lengthen shelf life.
Quantifying and communicating the level of antioxidants present in a food product is more difficult now
that the US Department of Agriculture no longer promotes using the Oxygen Radical Absorbance Capacity
value. Antioxidants cannot be measured in milligrams
like other ingredients but rather on the amount of lipid
oxidation that the material prevents compared with a
standard like vitamin E tocopherols.
Many consumers are aware of the value antioxidants
bring to their diet to help avoid developing progressive diseases such as diabetes, hypertension and heart
disease or slowing or prevent chronic inflammation,
Alzheimer's Disease and cancer, according to "The
Antioxidant Food Table," published by Carlsen et. al in
the Nutrition Journal 2010, 9(3).
These are powerful reasons to add antioxidants to our
bakery products and help consumers get the levels they
need every day.

Fruits and nuts naturally
carry antioxidants that can
add value to any baked good.
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Contents
Contents
Editorial - Gone too soon
Newsfront - Economist: Snack makers prepare for growth
Baking Hall of Fame to add four industry veterans
Private equity firm to debut new snacking platform
Nestle recalls ready-to-bake refrigerated dough
Bridor to invest $127 million in Canadian plant
Corbion packs 11,000 meals for hungry families
Baking industry connects with military community
In Memoriam
People/In Brief
IBIE RECAP - IBIE reaches new heights
Neri’s Bakery Products - New Kids on the Block
Startup Brands - Learning from the ROOKIES
How incubators are nurturing innovation one program at a time
Brand chemistry brings legacy companies into the future
Sugar Reduction - Sweet surrender
Gluten-Free - Staying POWER
INDUSTRY INSIGHT - training BREAKDOWN
Donut Technology - Dollars to Donuts
Ingredient Handling - Location, Location, Location
Season/Spray/Tumble - GOT IT COVERED
Automation - tooling with TECHNOLOGY
Tune up food safety programs
Horizontal Form/Fill/Seal - THE RATE OF MOTION
Stepping up h/f/f/s equipment sanitation functions
TECHNICALLY SPEAKING - 'ANTI'-UP
Meeting Preview - Lift the Curtain
Events
Featured Innovation Center
Ingredients & Formulating
Equipment & Packaging
Patents
New on the Shelf
MARKETPLACE
AD INDEX
NEW PRODUCT SPOTLIGHT
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Baking & Snack - November 2019 - Editorial - Gone too soon
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Baking & Snack - November 2019 - Nestle recalls ready-to-bake refrigerated dough
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Baking & Snack - November 2019 - In Memoriam
Baking & Snack - November 2019 - People/In Brief
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Baking & Snack - November 2019 - IBIE RECAP - IBIE reaches new heights
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Baking & Snack - November 2019 - Startup Brands - Learning from the ROOKIES
Baking & Snack - November 2019 - How incubators are nurturing innovation one program at a time
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Baking & Snack - November 2019 - Brand chemistry brings legacy companies into the future
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Baking & Snack - November 2019 - Sugar Reduction - Sweet surrender
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Baking & Snack - November 2019 - Gluten-Free - Staying POWER
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Baking & Snack - November 2019 - INDUSTRY INSIGHT - training BREAKDOWN
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Baking & Snack - November 2019 - Donut Technology - Dollars to Donuts
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Baking & Snack - November 2019 - Season/Spray/Tumble - GOT IT COVERED
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Baking & Snack - November 2019 - Automation - tooling with TECHNOLOGY
Baking & Snack - November 2019 - Tune up food safety programs
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Baking & Snack - November 2019 - Horizontal Form/Fill/Seal - THE RATE OF MOTION
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Baking & Snack - November 2019 - Stepping up h/f/f/s equipment sanitation functions
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Baking & Snack - November 2019 - TECHNICALLY SPEAKING - 'ANTI'-UP
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Baking & Snack - November 2019 - Meeting Preview - Lift the Curtain
Baking & Snack - November 2019 - Events
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Baking & Snack - November 2019 - Featured Innovation Center
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Baking & Snack - November 2019 - Ingredients & Formulating
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Baking & Snack - November 2019 - Equipment & Packaging
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Baking & Snack - November 2019 - Patents
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Baking & Snack - November 2019 - AD INDEX
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