Peptides are smaller versions of proteins. Both proteins and peptides are made up of amino acids, but peptides contain far fewer amino acids than proteins. Like proteins, peptides are naturally present in foods or already exist in the body. Proteins can be digested by enzymes (other proteins) into short peptide fragments. Among cells, peptides can perform biological functions. Nature is the largest source of peptides since plants, animals, fungi, microbes and their products contain proteins that can yield bioactive peptides. In the human body, peptides are found in every cell and tissue and perform a wide range of essential functions.
Precision fermentation essentially uses biotechnology to reengineer common microbes, like yeast, to produce a protein or substance that is identical to those generally found in places like eggs, dairy or sweeteners when fermented. The Good Food Institute describes precision fermentation as a way to make microbes behave as “cell factories” that make a large quantity of something new.
Yes, our sweet protein comes from edible vegetable sources. We have identified a novel peptide with sweet properties, it is 100% natural since we don’t modify the amino acid sequence in any way.
Most current sweeteners compromise on flavor and health with their aftertastes and questionable impact on people’s health. At Naturannova we provide a naturally sugar-free protein with all the sweet flavor, well-being and pleasure people deserve. Our sweet protein comes from plant sources, it is fully digested by the human body and does not spike insulin levels like sugar.
At naturannova we have developed a computational platform that integrates the newest technologies. Especially those focused on the prediction of protein structures including their properties and putative functions. In addition, we have a proprietary database which has been the result of the analysis of thousands of protein sequences from various organisms. By adjusting certain search parameters, we are able to identify in a few hours hundreds of protein or peptide candidates that meet certain specific requirements. These candidates are then tested and validated at the laboratory level where the best compounds are filtered.The expressed properties from all candidates are contrasted with those predicted computationally in order to feed and optimize the predictive model.