Israeli company Hinoman has received the self-affirmed Generally Recognized as Safe (GRAS) status for its Mankai, a vegetable whole-protein ingredient with high nutritional value.
The company made the announcement during the Institute of Food Technologists (IFT) conference in Chicago, July 12-14, 2015.
The GRAS designation is for the use of Mankai in functional foods and beverages, and was confirmed based on scientific methods, as well as corroborated by extensive history of use in Asia Pacific.
The status was endorsed by a third party-appointed panel composed of some of the top food toxicologists in the US.
The nutritional composition of the Mankai microgreen ingredient has been determined to be high in protein (at least 45-48%), low in fat (7-8%), with 24-45% carbohydrate content.
Analysis of the amino acid composition reveals the protein to be a rich source of the entire group of essential amino acids.
Mankai is produced in an advanced hydroponic system that optimizes yield throughout the year.
This precisely regulated aquaculture platform is highly controlled, operating under remote cultivation management and regulation.
As a result, it ensures plant purity so that Mankai is clean and free from all pesticides and heavy metals, to a level that exceeds nutritional grade.