Optein® is a highly versatile, lightly hydrolyzed wheat protein that provides a variety of nutritional, functional and sensory benefits in a range of food and beverage product applications.

Optein® Benefits


A clinical study shows Optein’s effectiveness in aiding muscle recovery after exercise, which proves its superior functionality in nutritional and protein drink powder mixes, sports beverages, smoothies, and protein, energy and meal replacement bars.


Among the more unique attributes of Optein® is that it provides approximately double the glutamine content of soy and whey proteins. Glutamine is reported to be effective in the prevention of fatigue and over-training syndrome among active athletes, rapid recovery of critically-ill patients, and replacement of the body’s glycogen.


As an ingredient for bakery applications, Optein® can reduce mixing time while also increasing extensibility, which makes it a suitable replacement for animal-based L-cysteine. Also, because it is a wheat protein, it has a natural fit with flour-based dough systems and bakery mixes, as well as flour-based batters and breadings.


Optein® can additionally serve as a partial egg white replacer in these types of applications.


Furthermore, for consumers who adhere to strict vegetarian diets, Optein® offers a logical solution for replacing whey protein, which is derived from animal milk.


Other qualities of Optein® include its non-bitter flavor profile, especially compared to soy, its neutral pH level, its ability to increase protein contents in end product formulations and the fact that it is easily soluble in water and other liquids.

Please view partial data from an excercise study on Optein®.

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Optein® Applications

Nutritional Bars and Drinks

Instant Drinks/Energy Bars

Bakery Products

Breads, Rolls, Bagels, Biscuits and Muffins

Flour Tortillas and Flat Breads

Pizza Crust

Cereals and Snacks

Extruded Cereals and Snacks