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DSM in Food, Beverages & Dietary Supplements

Carotenoids

Carotenoids are a family of more than 600 pigments found in nature. This includes cheeses, where the sumptuous oranges and yellows of a mature cheddar or gouda can make the difference between a consumer buying them, or not…

We are one of the world’s largest producers of carotenoids, most of which are nature-identical - which means that their chemical structures and properties cannot be distinguished from the carotenoids found in plants or animals.

In cheeses, our carotenoids are natural coloring and stabilizing agents that help the product retain its appearance while withstanding direct sunlight.

Chief among our solutions are the beta-carotene brands - Quali®-Carotene and Apocarotenal Carocare®.

Beta-carotene is probably the most prominent of carotenoids and aside from imparting beautiful color into a cheese also plays an important role as a precursor to vitamin A – an essential vitamin for the body especially when combined with vitamins E and C.

When combined there is strong evidence to suggest they can prevent degenerative diseases such as cardiovascular disease or cancer.