Jimmy Joy’s ingredients explained: what goes into your Plenny meals?

At Jimmy Joy we choose the ingredients for your meals with great care. Our science-based approach makes sure you only get the best: great nutrition, great taste, and sustainability too! In this article we’ll take a look at all the ingredients that go into Plenny meals and why. 

 

Let’s take a look at:

  • Oats
  • Soy
  • Rice flour
  • Vitamin- and mineral mix
  • Aromas
  • Black beans
  • Cacao powder
  • Calcium carbonate
  • Carboxymethylcellulose
  • Citric acid
  • Coconut
  • Fruit powders 
  • Glucose syrup
  • Glycerin
  • Green lentils
  • Ground golden milled flaxseed
  • Guar gum
  • Inulin/chicory root fibre
  • Maltodextrin
  • Microcrystalline cellulose
  • Pea protein isolate
  • Potato starch
  • Probiotic: Bacillus coagulans
  • Rapeseed oil
  • Rice syrup
  • Seasoning
  • High-oleic Sunflower oil
  • Sweetener: sucralose
  • Tapioca starch 
  • Vegetable powders
  • White rice
  • Wholemeal pasta

  • Oats

    Oats are a main ingredient in our Plenny Shakes and are low-glycemic. This means that blood sugar levels stay constant after consumption. This beneficial effect is mainly thanks to the insoluble fibres, called beta-glucans, which are naturally present in oats. By the way, those beta-glucans also help to slow down digestion and help lower blood pressure and cholesterol. [33-37]

    Occurs in: Plenny Shake (oat flour), Plenny Shake Active (oat flour), Plenny Drink (oat flour, oat fibre), Plenny Bar (oat flour)

    Soy 

    We add soy flour and soy protein isolate, which add protein and fats to our Plenny meals. Soy flour contains mostly polyunsaturated fats and is responsible for a big part of the omega-6 contents. The protein in soy has a high digestibility and absorption rate, which is why we use soy protein isolate. 

    Did you know that soy has a PDCAAS of 1? This means that soy protein provides at least 100% of the essential amino acids required after digestion! Soy is the only plant-based protein source that scores this well. On top of that, soy protein isolate has a smooth texture and taste, and contributes to a great flavour profile. 

    We add Soy lecithin as a natural emulsifier, which enables the ingredients to remain well mixed. You can read more about soy in this article. [57-59]

    Occurs in: Plenny Shake (soy flour, soy protein isolate), Plenny Shake Active (soy flour, soy protein isolate), Plenny Drink (soy protein isolate, soy lecithin), Plenny Pot (soy protein isolate), Plenny Bar (soy protein isolate)

    Rice flour

    Rice flour makes sure there are healthy carbs in your meals, without any sugars! The carbohydrates are mostly starch, and because of the absence of sugar, the rice flour contributes to more stable blood sugar after consumption-. [53]

    Occurs in: Plenny Shake

    Vitamin- and mineral mix 

    It’s important for nutritionally complete meals to have the right micronutrient amounts. This is why we add all 26 essential vitamins and minerals in a customised mix. This mix makes sure you consume at least 20% of the reference intake per portion. You can read more about the micronutrients and the specific forms we add.

    Occurs in: all products

    Aroma’s

    Aroma, also known as flavourings, are added to our products to give them a nice taste and smell. EFSA (the European Food Safety Authority) carefully checks and reviews each aroma before it becomes available on the market - that’s why safety is guaranteed. And besides, aromas are only added in very small amounts. Tasty and harmless! You can find aroma’s in most of our products, both savoury and sweet. [1]

    Occurs in: Plenny Shake, Plenny Shake Active (excluding the neutral flavour), Plenny Pot, Plenny Drink, Plenny Bar

    Black beans

    Black beans are in the Plenny Pot Tikka Masala, where they work their magic by adding to the protein and fibre content. [2]

    Occurs in: Plenny Pot

    Cacao powder

    Cacao powder is a natural source of tastiness and we use it in all our chocolate-flavoured meals. It adds a bit of saturated fatty acids, while remaining well below any upper limit set. On top of that, cacao contains high concentrations of health-promoting polyphenols, which are presumed to have anti-inflammatory effects. [3,4]

    Occurs in: Plenny Shake, Plenny Shake Active, Plenny Drink, Plenny Bar

    Calcium carbonate

    Did you know that water and oil don’t mix? That would be a problem for the Plenny Bar, which contains both water- and oil-based ingredients.... But luckily calcium carbonate is the knight in shining armour coming to our rescue. It functions as a stabiliser! This means that all ingredients stay perfectly mixed and stable. And besides that, calcium carbonate is a source of calcium. [5,6]

    Occurs in: Plenny Bar (stabiliser), all products (vitamin- and mineral mix)

    Carboxymethylcellulose

    Carboxymethylcellulose is a fancy way of saying “cellulose gum”. This ingredient makes the Plenny Drink creamier, which is awesome, because otherwise we would have to use fats to do that! The fact that it makes the consistency thicker has some interesting  health benefits: it slows down the eating rate and the gastric emptying, which allows for all nutrients to be absorbed, ánd it makes you feel more fulfilled throughout the day. [7,8]

    Occurs in: Plenny Drink

    Citric acid

    Citric acid is used as an acidity regulator. This means that the acidity of the product is controlled, making sure that no undesirable bacteria can grow and cause spoilage. Apart from extending the shelf life, citric acid is also a source of vitamin C! [9,10]

    Occurs in: Plenny Drink

    Coconut

    Coconut milk powder and coconut oil powder contribute to the overall fat content of the Plenny Pot. Because of their saturated fatty acid content, coconut fats are not always greeted with much enthusiasm. But coconut-derived fats consist of medium-chain triglycerides (MCT), which, current research suggests, have a positive effect on weight loss, fat loss, energy-burning and improving your gut health. Just to be on the safe side, the saturated fatty acid content of the Plenny Pot is still well below the recommended upper limit of 10E%! [11-16]

    Occurs in: Plenny Pot

    Fruit powders 

    Our fruity-flavoured meals are flavoured and coloured with real fruit! We use freeze-dried fruit powders, so no water has to be transported. Freeze-drying is a dehydration method that yields high-quality products: the loss of flavour and aroma is minimised, while the preservation of nutrients such as vitamins is maximized! [17]

    Occurs in: Plenny Shake, Plenny Shake Active

    Glucose syrup

    Glucose syrup is added to the Plenny Pots for a boost of instant energy. Yet, the complex composition of this product prevents a sugar peak or dip! [18]

    Occurs in: Plenny Pot

    Glycerin

    Glycerine is used as a humectant in the Plenny Bars: it extends the shelf life by reducing water activity. It also retains moisture, adds volume, and improves the softness of the meal. [19]

    Occurs in: Plenny Bar

    Green lentils

    Green lentils are in the Plenny Pot Tikka Masala, where they contribute to the protein and fibre content. Besides that, it gives a nice bite! [2]

    Occurs in: Plenny Pot

    Ground golden milled flaxseed

    Did you know that flaxseed is one of the richest natural sources of alpha-linolenic acid (ALA)? Its high content of α-Linolenic acid (omega-3) and linoleic acid (omega-6) is especially important for the fatty acid profile of our meals. And compared to consuming the whole seed, the bioavailability of ALA is higher in milled flaxseed! 

    The milled flaxseed also contributes to the protein and fibre content in our products. In fact, it is the only source of insoluble fibre in our products. 

    ​​Recently, concerns have arisen about the presence of high levels of hydrocyanic acid in flaxseed, especially cyanide. For this reason, the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has strict regulations about the presence of these compounds. Flaxseed contains very small amounts of cyanide, and the flaxseed we use undergoes heat treatment. This ensures the amounts fall well-below the European Food Safety Authority advisory safe limit! [20-25]


    Occurs in: Plenny Shake, Plenny Shake Active, Plenny Pot, Plenny Bar

    Guar gum

    Like carboxymethylcellulose, the consistency of the Plenny Drink is thickened by guar gum. But better yet: a moderate intake of this ingredient is associated with cholesterol- and glucose-lowering effect, and helps with weight loss thanks to its gel-forming properties. Guar gum also contributes to increased satiation,  since it slows down the rate of eating and gastric emptying. [26,27]

    Occurs in: Plenny Drink


    Inulin/chicory root fibre

    Inulin, derived from chicory roots, is the main source of fibre in our products. It has a low caloric value because it is not digested. Instead, inulin goes to the colon and acts as a prebiotic: a source of nutrition for the good microbiota in the gut. This is pretty cool, because good bacteria help you stay healthy by leaving less room for bad bacteria to grow! Also, inulin promotes the absorption of calcium, magnesium and iron.  [28-30]

    Occurs in: Plenny Shake, Plenny Shake Active, Plenny Pot, Plenny Bar

    Maltodextrin

    Maltodextrin is a sweet-tasting carbohydrate made out of corn starch. It is added to some of our meals for quick energy. However, the complex composition of our meals, ánd the presence of complementary carbohydrate sources counterbalance the energy spike it normally gives. Energy boost? Yes! Sugar peak? No! [31] 

    Occurs in: Plenny Pot Tikka Masala (0.53 gram), Plenny Drink (14.52-15.84 g), Plenny Bar (9.9 g - 15 g)

    Microcrystalline cellulose

    Plenny Drink is thickened with microcrystalline cellulose (MCC). MCC has fat-mimicking effects, making the Plenny Drink creamier and a little thicker. But maybe even better: MCC also increases the shelf-life by increasing the meal’s overall stability! [32]

    Occurs in: Plenny Drink

    Pea protein isolate

    Pea protein isolate is made by - you guessed it -  isolating protein from peas. This protein powder contains all nine essential amino acids! But, just like all other pulse-based proteins, it lacks the amino acid methionine. That’s why, besides pea protein isolate, we add other plant-based protein sources to the Plenny Pot. [38,39]

    Occurs in: Plenny Pot

    Potato starch

    Potato starch is resistant starch, which means that it’s not digested very well in the stomach. It enters the large intestines mostly intact, where it acts as a fermentable fibre: it feeds the good bacteria! So potato starch actually contributes to a healthy gut environment! [40-42]

    Occurs in: Plenny Pot

    Probiotic: Bacillus coagulans

    Probiotics is the collective term for live bacteria and yeast that contribute to a healthy gut environment. Although adding live microorganisms to a meal might sound a little scary, probiotics are not new to your body. Did you know that most of them are similar to the ones that you already have?

    But not all microorganisms are suited to be probiotics. ProDURA® is one of the brands producing Bacillus coagulans UABc-20. Based on the composition, this strain can survive extreme processing, shipping, storage, and heat - in addition to the natural challenges of the digestive tract. That's why Plenny Shake, Plenny Shake Active and Plenny Pot contain this type of probiotic to support your digestive health! [43-49]

    Occurs in: Plenny Shake, Plenny Shake Active, Plenny Pot

    Rapeseed oil

    Rapeseed oil is low in saturated fatty acids. On top of that, it has an excellent ratio of α-linolenic acid (ALA) to linoleic acid (LA), better known as omega-3 and -6 fatty acids. These beneficial polyunsaturated fats are important in a healthy diet because they help prevent heart disease and strokes. Since your body doesn’t naturally produce them, we thought we’d help you out by adding some rapeseed oil to the Plenny Drink!  [50-52]
    Occurs in: Plenny Drink

    Rice syrup

    We use rice syrup (between 1.5 g - 9.5 g per bar) to bind the ingredients together. The exact amounts depend on the flavour. It’s also a source of quick energy, but without the peaks or crashes: the energy absorption is kept in check by the combination of proteins and fats! [54,55]

    Occurs in: Plenny Bar

    Seasoning

    We use spices and herbs to enhance the taste of our savoury meals. This enables us not only to give you the best possible taste but also to keep the salt content to a minimum. Seasoning ingredients include cumin, ginger, coriander, turmeric, chilli, paprika, celery, cinnamon, mustard, sugar, starch, salt, onion powder, garlic powder, tomato powder, yeast extract, spice extract, white pepper, cayenne pepper, oregano and thyme. Yum! [56]

    Occurs in: Plenny Pot

    High-oleic Sunflower oil

    Sunflower oil, pressed from sunflower seeds, is responsible for a huge chunk of the fat content of the Plenny products. Sunflower oil is low in saturated fats, which can cause high cholesterol and blockages in the arteries. More importantly, the sunflower oil we use is high-oleic. This means that it contains more polyunsaturated than monounsaturated fatty acids. Polyunsaturated fatty acids, such as omega 3 and 6, are essential for normal body functions, but cannot be produced by the body itself!

    Besides numerous health benefits, high-oleic sunflower oil has a neutral taste and is stable against oxidation due to its lower linoleic acid content. [60,50,51]

    Occurs in: Plenny Shake, Plenny Shake Active, Plenny Pot, Plenny Bar

    Sweetener: sucralose

    Sucralose is a synthetically produced sweetener made by processing conventional sugar (sucrose), and was given the JEFCA (The Joint FAO/WHO Expert Committee on Food Additives) designation of 'safe' in 1990. In the European Union, sucralose has been authorised as a substance in a wide range of foodstuffs since 2004. Sucralose has a sweetening power of about 600x the sweetness of sucrose. The use of sucralose allows us to bring a nice sweetness to the products, keep the amount of sugar to a minimum, and make sure your blood sugar remains stable after a meal! [61-63]

    Occurs in: Plenny Shake, Plenny Shake Active (excluding the neutral flavour), Plenny Drink, Plenny Bar

    Tapioca starch 

    As the name suggests, tapioca starch is almost completely pure starch, with a small amount of nutrients. Moreover, it is a resistant starch, which ends up in the large intestine intact. Here it acts as a fermentable fibre that feeds the beneficial bacteria in, contributing to a healthful gut environment. [64,65]

    Occurs in: Plenny Bar

    Vegetable powders

    Our savoury products are partly flavoured with real vegetables! We use dried vegetable powders, such as tomato powder, so no water has to be transported and shelf-life is extended. Besides that, we add dried vegetables to give the meals a nice bite. [66]

    Occurs in: Plenny Pot

    White rice

    We add white rice for energy purposes, since consuming it causes a rise in blood sugar. This rise is counterbalanced by the complex composition of macronutrients of the meal, though - so your blood sugar stays nice and stable! Plus: the cooking properties of white rice make it ideal for an instant meal like the Plenny Pot. [67,68]

    Occurs in: Plenny Pot (Tikka Masala Lentils, Vegetable Korma Rice)

    Wholemeal pasta

    Whole-wheat pasta simply means all the natural characteristics of the original grain are left intact. The natural fibres of wholemeal pasta increase the feeling of being full, and the lower glycemic index contributes to a limited rise in blood glucose. [69,70]

    Occurs in: Plenny Pot (Creamy Cajun Pasta)


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