Utilizes generally recognized as safe (GRAS) ingredients. Performed at room temperature
Technology A novel approach for creating stable food-grade nanoemulsions is described that involves optimizing aqueous phase and oil phase compositions. This approach involves titrating an organic phase containing a functional lipophilic component and a surfactant into an aqueous phase with constant stirring. This process leads to the spontaneous formation of ultrafine oil droplets at the boundary separating the organic and aqueous phases, which can be optimized to give good long-term stability and functional performance of encapsulated bioactive components. Applications The technology can be used to produce nanoemulsions with ultrafine oil droplets (d<50nm) needed to make optically transparent products. It can encapsulate functional lipophilic agents such as oil-soluble vitamins, colors, ω-3 oils, nutraceuticals, etc. used in the food, beverage and pharmaceutical industry.