Pay attention to the application prospects of plant carbon black in the food field
Earlier this year, Activia, a Danone brand, used "charcoal" as a creative inspiration to launch a "carbon black yogurt" in Ukraine. It changed people's traditional impression of "white and flawless" yogurt, which is said to be "cosmic black yogurt". Gained eyeballs for a while.
There is no doubt that the anti-classic and anti-routine "black" food concept helps brands quickly open the market and occupy consumers' attention. It is an efficient choice for the brand to gain high attention in the short term.
In the traditional concept, "black" and "delicious" are completely side by side, and even when they are associated with the meaning of words, they are more likely to be associated with "dark cuisine", which is completely unable to stimulate appetite. But it is precisely because of the challenge to this traditional thinking logic, the strong impact on the thinking formed by the word-of-mouth recommendation of many celebrities and Internet celebrities, which quickly inspired the curiosity of ordinary consumers and formed a craze for the punching experience. Naturally, it also aroused the enthusiasm for the discussion of the complete inconsistency between the appearance of the food and the enthusiasm for sharing the "printing", which made the "black" food quickly become a net red food, and received a lot of attention.
What is plant carbon black? Correct positioning of plant carbon black
Vegetable carbon black can be used as a food additive colorant in food production, and belongs to edible melanin.
"Sanitary Standards for the Use of Food Additives" stipulates that plant carbon black can be used as a colorant in the production and processing of confectionery, rice products, wheat flour products, cakes, and biscuits; plant activated carbon can be used as a processing aid for the food industry, but it should be used in the final product Before removing.
Vegetable charcoal is not a health care product, nor a medicine. Bamboo charcoal peanuts, bamboo charcoal bread, bamboo charcoal cakes and other products produced on the market using bamboo charcoal as raw materials are not suitable for their so-called "detoxification and beauty" function.
Early application of plant carbon black
As early as 2017, the black ice cream launched by Morgenstern (Morgan Stern), which is popular in the United States, added coconut and charred honey vanilla;
Another brand, Little Damage (Devil Ice Cream), offers a variety of mixed flavor options, such as plant carbon black almond flavor.
In the same year, a restaurant in Austin, Texas, made the first batch of black ice cream as a Halloween-only product. Since the product is so popular, this ice cream has appeared on its menu many times since. When the owner first decided to make black ice cream, he originally wanted to use cuttlefish juice or black sesame. But in the end, it was found that plant carbon black was the best choice: "Plant carbon black is the most suitable. Not only does it add a bit of crunch to the food, but surprisingly, the charcoal and ice cream mix can be so Smooth and harmonious."
Activated carbon commonly mentioned in general product advertisements refers to plant carbon black. Early activated carbon was actually not common as a food additive. It was more commonly used in medicine used as an antidote to adsorb toxins in the stomach, thus proving that it can enter the human digestive system.
At present, my country and most countries in the world allow food-grade activated carbon to enter the process as food materials. Food grade activated carbon refers to the use of plant carbon black as a colorant.
The difference between plant carbon black and bamboo charcoal
Plant carbon black is made from plant stems and shells and is carbonized and refined. The food additive plant carbon black is a plant carbon black that meets the requirements of the National Food Safety Standard Food Additive Plant Carbon Black (GB 28308-2012), and can be used as a food additive colorant.
In daily life, the bamboo charcoal that we often use is the charcoal burned from bamboo, because it has many micropores, which greatly increases the surface area. It is these microporous structures and huge surface area that enable bamboo charcoal to have good adsorption properties for applications in water purification, air purification, and deodorization. In the production process of bamboo charcoal, the carbonization of the process is very different from the carbonization of plant carbon black, and more importantly, the lack of refining process, the product index may not meet the "National Food Safety Standard Food Additive Plant Carbon Black" (GB 28308 -2012) requirements.
Therefore, bamboo charcoal is not a plant carbon black that can be used as a food additive. Only carbonized and refined plant bamboo is used as the raw material to meet the requirements of the "National Food Safety Standard Food Additive Plant Carbon Black" (GB 28308-2012). It is a food additive plant carbon black. The use of bamboo charcoal in food production does not comply with the national food safety standards. Therefore, ordinary bamboo charcoal cannot be used in food production. If it is not added according to the regulations, it is suspected of being illegal.
Food grade bamboo charcoal powder is a food additive plant carbon black produced by carbonization and refining of bamboo as raw material through special process. That is to say, a kind of plant, bamboo, is used as a raw material to produce carbon black, a food additive that complies with national standards.
The most common production method for food-grade coconut activated carbon is to heat the coconut shell to a very high temperature until it is carbonized or completely burned out, and then treat the resulting ash with steam or hot air at the same temperature to form a "micropore structure." This process greatly increases the surface area of charcoal and also becomes a very effective antidote.
Whether domestic or foreign, the use of plant carbon black as a food additive is subject to abuse. According to my country's food additive use standards, plant carbon black is a food additive and is a colorant. The maximum amount used in frozen drinks (except edible ice), candy, cakes, and biscuits is 5 g/kg. However, it is not allowed to carry out functional promotion in advertising, for example, claiming that its products can "weight loss", "beauty" and "detoxification". The EU and Japan also approved plant carbon black as edible melanin, which can be used in food production. In other words, if plant carbon black is used as a colorant in food, it can be eaten within a certain dose.
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