An egg white is not nearly as delicious as its yellow counterpart but the demand for egg white peptides continues to gain momentum in the world of baked goods and confections. One of the main reasons is that egg whites are a rich source of bioactive peptides that are great for human health, according to Fact.MR. Egg white peptides have the possibility of “preventing and treating microbial infections of gastrointestinal tract, extending shelf-life of foods, and controlling foods’ & feeds’ microbiological quality..”
It’s no secret that heart disease has become an epidemic in the United States, leading the cause of death for both men and women. About 610,000 people die of heart disease in the U.S. every single year. To put that in context, 1 in every 4 deaths in the country is due to heart disease. Egg whites, however, are potential precursors for bioactive peptide production that can provide various biological functions such as anti-inflammation, antioxidants, and antimicrobial activities that may aid vascular health.
Luckily, key market producers of egg whites are “employing new approaches for maintaining vascular health by integrating medical care, specialized nutrition, and early diagnostics, in a bid to offer more effective products that promise improved life quality for consumers,” according to Fact.MR.
New discoveries about the potential health benefits of egg whites are driving demand for greater use in confections and baked goods. As we discussed in our last post, millennials and Generation z consumers are revolutionizing the way snacks are made by demanding products that are organic and overall healthier than traditional options. These consumers will likely look out for the inclusion of egg white peptides in their snack products.
Of course, there are challenges to face when it comes to the egg white peptide market. Some show concern regarding the welfare of animals in conventional cage systems and the rising cost of feed combined renewable agricultural products. Still, Fact.MR expects egg whites peptides to surpass $500m in revenue by 2026 with an estimated 43,000 egg white peptides being traded by the end of that period.
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