Functional Fruit Ingredients

By: iTi Innovation

Consumers are continually seeking more natural and holistic approach to health, wellness, and nutrition. They are looking for products that provide an added functional benefit to support their specific health needs.  At iTi Tropicals, functional fruit ingredients are our specialty. Our product portfolio offers an extensive line of functional ingredients including: juices, purees, and juice concentrates.  Continue reading to learn more about some of the functional fruit products iTi Tropicals offers! 

Acai: The Amazonian Superfruit 

Acai is known as a superfruit for a reason. This superfruit has many unique, defining functional properties.  Functional properties include: 

  • Naturally occurring anthocyanins and other antioxidants and that can help support immune health. 
  • Naturally occurring omega fatty acids 3, 6, and 9.  The overall fatty acid profile of acai is similar to that of olive oil. 
  • Acai is one of the only fruit berries that does not contain any sugar. 

Acai puree from iTi Tropicals is a great addition to any application.  Try blending it with banana and aqua faba for a fluffy, light-weight mousse.  Top it off with some berries and granola for a functional, healthy, and delicious parfait! 

Coconut Water: Nature’s Most Hydrating Water 

Coconut Water is known for its hydration properties.  Naturally containing five essential electrolytes, coconut water is a great addition to aide in hydration. Coconut water contains the following electrolytes:  

  • Sodium 
  • Potassium 
  • Calcium 
  • Magnesium 
  • phosphorous 

Naturally boost electrolyte content and hydration properties in beverages, soups, and more with coconut water and coconut water  concentrate. 

Try cold brewing coffee in single strength coconut water for a coffee beverage that is both hydrating and energizing! 

Vietnamese Dragon Fruit: UniqueExotic and Functional Ingredient 

Dragon Fruit, also known as Pitaya, is one of iTi Tropical’s most exotic fruits. This fruit has a light flavor that can be blended seamlessly with other fruits or consumed on it’s own. 

Dragon Fruit contains naturally occurring antioxidants including: 

  • Beta-Carotene 
  • Lycopene 
  • Betacyanins 

Dragon Fruit is also low in calories, sugar, and carbohydrates. 

Add Dragon Fruit to any application to boost color, increase antioxidants, and add a touch of sweetness.  Try using Dragon Fruit as a base for a smoothie bowl and blend it with other fruits such as mango, banana, or guava for a unique flavor experience! 

Brazilian Acerola: The Flavorful, Plant-Based vitamin C Solution 

Consumers are looking for more products that help them consume their recommended daily intake of Vitamin C naturally.  

Acerola puree and concentrate is the perfect ingredient to add to any beverage product line.  

  • 100 grams of Acerola puree, NFC, contains 20x times the recommended daily intake value of vitamin C. 

 A little bit of Acerola goes a long way in application. 

Blend acerola with other functional ingredients such as ginger or coconut water to make a functional health shot. 

To find out more about all of product offerings, visit today!  Looking to a request a sample? Visit our contact page and let us know! 

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