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1. WO2018130595 - HEAT STERILIZED HIGH PROTEIN SPOONABLE NUTRITIONAL COMPOSITIONS WITH WHEY PROTEIN WHICH COMPRISES WHEY PROTEIN MICELLES AND A SOURCE OF CASEIN

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Claims

A heat sterilized spoonable nutritional composition comprising:

a protein source in an amount of 12 to 20% by weight of the composition, the protein source consisting of whey protein, containing whey protein micelles, and a source of casein,

wherein the spoonable nutritional composition is a liquid or semi-liquid composition having a viscosity of between 400 and 4000 mPa.s at 20°C measured at a shear rate of 100 s 1.

The nutritional composition according to claim 1, wherein the heat sterilized nutritional composition contains cysteine in an amount of 1.2 to 2.4 % by weight of the protein source.

The nutritional composition according to any of claims 1 or 2, wherein whey protein is present in an amount of 4.5 to 9 % by weight of the composition.

The nutritional composition according to any of claims 1 to 3, wherein casein is present in an amount of 3.5 to 13 % by weight of the composition.

The nutritional composition according to any of claims 1 to 4, having a protein concentration of up to 20 g/ 100 g of the composition.

The nutritional composition according to any one of claims 1 to 5, which is a nutritional composition, a nutritional supplement, an infant formula, a follow-up formula, a baby food formula, an infant cereal formula or a growing-up milk, an infant or child's food supplement, a children formula, an adult nutritional composition, maternal nutritional supplement, bariatric formula, elderly nutritional composition or health care formula.

The nutritional composition according to any one of claims 1 to 6, for use in providing nutrition to a person in need thereof, wherein the person is preferably an elderly person, a person that is in a disease state, a person that is recovering from a disease state, a person that is malnourished, or a healthy person such as a sportsman or sportswoman or an active elderly.

The use of a protein source comprising whey protein containing whey protein micelles and a source of casein, for preparing a spoonable nutritional composition comprising 12 to 20 weight % total protein, wherein the obtained spoonable nutritional composition is a liquid or semi- liquid composition having a viscosity of between 400 and 4000 mPa.s at 20°C measured at a shear rate of 100 s 1.

The use according to claim 8, wherein the composition contains cysteine in an amount of 1.2 to 2.4 % by weight of the protein source,

The use of whey protein micelles in combination with a source of casein for controlling the viscosity of a liquid or semi-liquid spoonable nutritional composition comprising 12 to 20 weight % total protein, the composition preferably having a pH of 6 to 8, wherein the obtained spoonable nutritional composition is a liquid or semi- liquid composition having a viscosity of between 400 and 4000 mPa.s at 20°C measured at a shear rate of 100 s 1.

The use according to claim 10, wherein the composition contains cysteine in an amount of 1.2 to 2.4 % by weight of the protein source,

A process for preparing a heat sterilized spoonable nutritional composition comprising a protein source in an amount of 12 to 20% by weight based on the weight of the composition, said protein source comprising whey protein containing whey protein micelles and casein, the process comprising the steps of:

(i) Providing an aqueous solution of a protein source comprising whey protein containing whey protein micelles and

(ii) Adding a protein source containing casein;

(iii) Optionally performing a homogenization treatment step;

(iv) Performing an indirect UHT heat treatment step;

(v) Optionally performing a homogenization treatment step;

wherein following steps (i) to (v) a heat sterilized spoonable nutritional composition which is a liquid or semi-liquid composition is obtained having a viscosity of between 400 and 4000 mPa.s at 20°C measured at a shear rate of 100 s 1.

13. The process according to claim 12 wherein whey protein is present in an amount of 4.5 to 9% by weight of the composition.

14. The process according to any one of claims 12 or 13 wherein casein is present in an amount of 3.5 to 13 % by weight of the composition.

15. The process according to any of claims 12 to 14 wherein in step (iv) the indirect heat treatment step is performed using an indirect UHT treatment using a coiled tubular heat exchanger.

16. The process according to any of claims 12 to 15 wherein following steps (i) to (v) the heat sterilized nutritional composition is dried to form a powder, preferably by spray drying.

17. The process according to any of claims 12 to 16, wherein following steps (i) to (v) the obtained heat sterilized nutritional composition contains cysteine in an amount of 1.2 to 2.4 % by weight of the protein source.

18. A nutritional composition obtainable by the process of any of claims 12 to 17.