Is TruTex® the same ingredient as what was formerly marketed by MGP as Wheatex®?

Yes, TruTex® is the new name for MGP’s Wheatex® line of textured proteins.

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What is TruTex®?

TruTex® is the brand name for a number of textured wheat protein products processed by extrusion technology. TruTex® can be used to produce tasty snack foods and breakfast cereals, enhance processed meat, poultry and seafood products and create satisfying dishes for vegetarian diets.

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How is TruTex® different from other sources of textured proteins?

Superior taste and texture are principal benefits of TruTex®.

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How does TruTex® compare to textured soy?

TruTex® has a better sensory profile than textured soy. TruTex® has low flavor profile and, thus, requires less flavoring. It also does not possess an aftertaste. It delivers a firm, fibrous structure that mimics the appearance and texture of meat.

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What is the recommended ingredient labeling statement for TruTex®?

TruTex® is generally labeled as “Textured Wheat Protein” followed by a parenthetical listing of its components. Because there are several TruTex® products, we recommend our customers to contact the Customer Service Department for labeling suggestions.

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Is TruTex® Kosher and Halal certified?

TruTex® has received both Kosher and Halal certification.

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Is TruTex® considered GMO?

There is no commercially-available wheat in the U.S. that is genetically modified (GMO). Because MGP uses wheat protein and wheat starch from wheat grown in the U.S., TruTex® is considered non-GMO.

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What are the key benefits of TruTex®?

TruTex® has outstanding taste and texture and offers processing advantages. It has low flavor profile with no aftertaste, requiring less flavoring than traditional textured proteins. It delivers a firm, fibrous structure that replicates the appearance and texture of meat.

TruTex® has excellent water and fat binding capacity for increased yields and reduced formulation costs. Its textural integrity withstands the most rigorous processing conditions, including retort applications. Meat replacement at levels as high as 40% TruTex® does not alter the manufacturer’s formulation, change the nutritional value, or impact the taste of the finished product. It provides convenience of use to processors because TruTex® requires minimal re-hydration time and can be used in a dry as well as hydrated form.

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Can I hydrate TruTex® in hot water?

Yes.  Soaking TruTex® in hot water results in faster hydration. This hydration condition does not affect the functionality of the TruTex® product.

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What are the hydration rates of your TruTex® products?

The size and shape of the TruTex® product affect the hydration rate. Smaller pieces come in the form of powder, granules or shreds and larger pieces are in the form of flakes and chunks. To attain full hydration, our TruTex® products require 15-60 minutes of soaking time in water. Hydration is faster if warm water is used.

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What level of TruTex® is usually recommended to product developers?

We have several TruTex® products and a number of prototype formulations that were developed in-house. For this reason, we encourage our customers to contact our Applications group for their product development needs.

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Are your ingredients approved for school lunch programs?

With respect to TruTex® products, the School Lunch Program has a very strict nutritional requirement as measured in terms of PDCAAS or Protein Digestibility Corrected Amino Acid Score. Despite its high protein digestibility, TruTex® products have low amino acid scores due to their low lysine contents. Because of the low PDCAAS, TruTex® products do not meet the requirements of the School Lunch Program.

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How can one tell if a food product purchased from the stores contains TruTex®?

The ingredient declaration on the food package can be examined.  “Textured Wheat Protein” will appear on the ingredient listing if the food product is formulated with TruTex®.

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What food products available in grocery stores and supermarkets in the U.S. contain TruTex®?

Vegetarian foods, meatballs, hamburger, chicken nuggets, meat loaf, meat/chicken in soups, hand-held microwavable and baked foods represent some examples of consumer food products formulated with TruTex®.

Most commercial food applications of TruTex® are in the extended or further processed meat ­­­­­product category. Some examples are processed foods like deli ham and turkey lunch wraps, turkey and bacon club lunch wraps, breakfast wraps, and pouch potatoes.

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Is TruTex® Natural?

We recommend our customers to contact our Customer Service Department to address the question of whether TruTex® can be labeled “natural” in its applications in various food products.

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