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Natural Sweetener Solutions

September 29th, 2009
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It seems that every day there is more news in the press about Stevia and Reb A, with increasing speculation when it will be approved in Europe and discussion on the best way to create a balanced sweet profile, with a short sweet aftertaste.

Recent work by the R&D team at Overseal into the different sweetener blends is very encouraging. Our preliminary research has seen good reductions in lingering bitter aftertastes. Overall sweetness is more sucrose like and the total sweetness increased. We have seen the results with a number of different sweeteners blends including the traditional Aspartame/Ace K blends as well as natural sweetners such as Stevia and Reb A.

The key is balance and optimising the level in formulations. Talin® Thaumatin is only needed at very low levels typically 0.5ppm-5ppm.

If you would like us to help you to show you how Talin® Thaumatin can benefit you products then please contact us at We look forward to hearing from you.

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Thaumatin naturally

February 13th, 2009
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Talin® (Thaumatin) is wild harvested from the West African rainforests and is an excellent low-calorie flavour modifier. It is a natural protein physically extracted from the Katemfe Fruit, Thaumatococcus daniellii.

Thaumatin has been used by the West Africans for hundreds of years to sweeten corn breads, sour fruits and also to make palm wine palatable.


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Harvesting Thaumatin

February 13th, 2009
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In the last 20 years numerous collection and processing centres have been established and they are a real testament to the dedication of our employees and their close involvement with the local communities. The local people wild harvest the fruits and directly reap the financial benefits. Direct involvement with the communities also helps to protect Thaumatococcus daniellii and the forest under which it grows. The villagers are also securing a future for themselves and the forest with all its biodiversity. Today, thanks to the vision and innovation of Overseal Natural Ingredients, Thaumatin, under the brand name Talin®, is used worldwide in more applications than ever before.

Talin® is a very sweet protein and has a unique tertiary structure stabilised by the presence of eight disulphide bridges making it unusually stable to heat and pH. It is primarily used to modify and enhance flavours.


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Talin® (Thaumatin) - naturally enhancing flavour

February 13th, 2009
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Research conducted for Overseal Natural Ingredients by Flavometrix based at Nottingham University using their unique taste-aroma delivery system (Dynataste) has demonstrated the effect of Talin® on aroma perception. The sensory panel showed a 40% increase in the strawberry intensity compared to without Talin®.

Talin® works extremely well with a large number of aroma compounds both enhancing the flavour perception and creating new and improved tasting products.   Talin®  also combines really well with other sweeteners and ingredients, both sweet and savoury, extending and enhancing the flavour profile and length of delivery and of course supported by more detailed sensory trials.

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Talin® (Thaumatin) - naturally masking bitterness

February 13th, 2009
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Talin® (Thaumatin) will also mask bitterness and overcome the perception of the off notes making it of particular interest for functional foods, nutraceuticals products, supplements and pharmaceutical applications.

Functional and “healthy for you” foods continue to increase with salt and sugar reduction and fortified products growing in popularity. Many of these ingredients have off tastes or bitterness associated with them which Talin® can help to mask.

Our sensory research demonstrates the effect that Talin® can have on bitter substances such peptides, quinine and caffeine.  Decreases in the perceived bitterness of the products of up to 45% were achieved.  Talin® helps to make the flavour more palatable and according to the level added can mask varying degrees of the active substances whilst simultaneously enhancing flavour perception.

Talin® also has remarkable results when it comes to perceived mouth feel – even at very low dosage levels.  For instance low fat dairy products have a much fuller creamier mouth feel even when Talin is added at just 2mg/kg.  Again these results are all backed up with sensory analysis.  The technical team at Overseal works closely with their customers to optimize the level of inclusion in a product – with dosing in the parts per million levels it is very easy to add too much!

Talin® is a truly versatile ingredient and is used in both sweet and savoury applications as a sweetener and flavour modifier. Applications have included savoury products, where thaumatin is used to improve the “umami” effect, improving flavour perception, and also drinks, desserts, nutraceuticals and pharmaceuticals.


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Where can Thaumatin be used?

February 12th, 2009
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Talin® is listed in the Codex General Standard for Food Additives and permitted for general use in food according to GMP.

In Europe it is approved as a sweetener (Sweetener directive 94/35/EC) or as a Flavour Enhancer (Miscellaneous Food Additives Other than Colours and Sweeteners directive 95/2/EC) in a number of different categories.

In the US is has GRAS approval (FEMA GRAS Number 3732 and a Drug Master File 16260.

Talin® has gained approval in more than 30 countries around the world.

Talin® is available in a number of concentrations on various carriers suiting a wide variety of applications. In addition an oil soluble form has also been developed for application in essential oils and other fat applications.

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New Website!!!

February 12th, 2009
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Welcome to our new website, home to Talin® the name for Thaumatin!

Please take a moment to learn more about this extraordinary product and understand how it could benefit you.  We will be regularly updating information here so don’t forget to bookmark this site and check back soon

Talin® Thaumatin is currently used around the world in food and pharmaceutical applications and has been produced naturally for over 20 years.

Talin® is only sold to manufacturers.

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Upcoming Event

February 12th, 2009
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We will be exhibiting at:

Natural Products Expo West, Anaheim CA USA on March 6-8, 2009

Vitafoods International, Geneva Palexpo May 5-9, 2009 Booth Number 534


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