Let’s talk off-note: spicy notes

Let’s talk off-note: spicy notes

Many ingredients used in the manufacture of dietary supplements and sports nutrition sometimes present unpleasant tastes and smells for the consumer, commonly known as “off-notes”. These have an impact on consumer appreciation, loyalty and observance.

In this episode, we focus on spicy off-notes:

Spiciness, or the perception of it, is present in most of the world’s cuisines. And yet it’s a flavour and sensation we’ve only known for a short time. Indeed, chillies were unknown to much of the world until Christopher Columbus reached the New World in 1492. Several theories have pointed to various places in South America as “the” place of origin of chillies.

Spicy notes in a food supplement or agri-food product can reduce consumption. However, some foods with pungent notes have benefits for the body.

Spicy ingredients and their benefits

Pungency is a sensory experience combining trigeminal sensation and taste. The various pungent molecules activate different ion channels located in the membrane of the sensory fibers of the peripheral nervous system involved in temperature detection.

Despite the fact that some foods are pungent, some can be beneficial to our bodies. Here are a few examples:

  • Mustard: acts on digestion and mood swings, and can help with premenstrual symptoms.
  • Chili pepper: ideal for use in calorie-burning dietary supplements. It also boosts sporting performance.
  • Horseradish: has digestive properties and stimulates the appetite.
  • Ginger: a natural energizer. It stimulates the immune system, relieves muscular pain and migraines.

These four examples can destabilize the consumer, even in small doses when used in a dietary supplement. Nevertheless, nutraceutical laboratories continue to use them because of their significant benefits.

To enable the nutraceutical and food industries to continue using pungent ingredients, we have developed the MaskOver masking solution.

How can you reduce the spiciness of your products with MaskOver?

Our team has developed a natural solution to meet the organoleptic challenges associated with spiciness: MaskOver.

MaskOver is the natural masking solution for off-notes in food products and supplements. You can reduce or completely mask unpleasant odors and tastes, to enhance the olfactory and taste pleasure of your product.

Our tailor-made support approach offers a personalized response to every challenge, enabling us to take comprehensive charge of flavor.

*Customized choice of ingredients adapted to the customer’s specifications.