What makes BASF’s Lucarotin® unique?
With our premium Lucarotin® product range we help produce foods and beverages without artificial colors - but with the same clarity, stability, appetizing appearance and pure taste. Lucarotin® adds brilliance and vibrancy to carbonated drinks and juices, as well as a variety of foods, without the warning label.
We offer vegetarian, vegan, allergen free, cold-water dispersible Lucarotin® products. Our featured product Lucarotin® 10 CWD/O Plus offers great dispersibility at low shear force. Due to its excellent dispersibility in cold media, the product is also suitable for use in vitamin mixtures for the fortification of food with provitamin A.
Lucarotin® is used in beverage applications such as fruit juices, fruit beverages, lemonades/carbonated soft drinks, instant drink powders as well as food applications such as confections, candied fruits, biscuits, chewing gums, ice creams, custard powders, soup powders, milk shakes, fermented milk products, pastas and cheeses.
Lucarotin® CWD products offer a wide range of dietary supplements, food and beverage applications. It is used as a colorant for beverages - including juices, nectars and syrups, and sports beverages, energy drinks, and soft drinks. As for dietary supplements, Lucarotin® CWD product types may be used in bars, liquids, water-based supplements, instant powders, and shots. With food applications, these products can be applied to baked goods, biscuits and cookies, cakes, chewing gum, milk with juice, desserts, sweets, mousse, and cake-filling cream.
Our Lucarotin® 30 Dispersion grades can be used in emulsions, liquid- and oil-based dietary supplements, soft gelatin capsules, as well as dairy products in food applications.
Health benefits of Lucarotin® beta-carotene
Beta-carotene has pro-vitamin A activity, which means when needed it can be converted to vitamin A in the human body. Therefore, beta-carotene serves as an important source of vitamin A, for example in plant-based diets. As pro-vitamin A it provides a number of health benefits: it is important for the eyes (enabling vision), the immune system, skin and lung tissues and for bone growth. Vitamin A is important throughout life, but particularly for procreation and pregnancy, where it is essential for embryogenesis and growth of the unborn child.
Furthermore, beta-carotene is an antioxidant which supports the human body in its defense against oxidative stress caused by metabolism and ageing processes, or by environmental factors such as UV light and air pollution. As an antioxidant, beta-carotene is important for the cardiovascular system, metabolism, brain and memory support, joints and muscles and for the liver.