Hydrolyzed Oat Protein

INCI: Hydrolyzed Oat Protein

CAS: 151661-87-9

Raw Material: Whole Oats

Uses: It is made from modified oat protein that boosts the moisturizing and hydrating properties of skincare formulations while also improving the feel of the skin. This ingredient is highly beneficial for hair and skin products because of its moisturizing, strengthening, volumizing, and smoothing effects. (1)

Source and Sustainability: Hydrolyzed oat protein is a natural, renewable source that can be extracted from whole oats. It eliminates the need for non-renewable petroleum in cosmetic products. However, it is essential to note that hydrolyzed oat protein is not a natural ingredient and has undergone processing to enhance its functionality and performance. Although derived from oats, it is only partially natural as its structure has been modified. (1)

Production Process: Hydrolyzed oat protein is produced by breaking down oat protein into smaller molecules using enzymes or acids. (2,3)

This makes it easier to dissolve in water and more convenient for cosmetic products. (2) The breakdown of oat proteins into smaller peptides also increases their biological activity, making them more effective in penetrating the skin and hair. (2)

Role of Enzymes: Enzymes play a crucial role in the hydrolysis process. For instance, α-amylase and beta-glucanase solubilize the starch and reduce viscosity during heat treatment. Additionally, a protease can be added to improve oat protein solubility, thereby increasing the yield and protein content of the final product. The enzymes used for starch hydrolysis and the hydrolysis of non-starch polysaccharides can be sourced from various suppliers. (4)

Environmental Impact: The environmental impact of these enzymes or acids used in the production process would depend on various factors such as their source, production method, and how they are disposed of after use. It’s important to note that using enzymes in industrial processes is generally considered environmentally friendly due to their biodegradability. However, “The production process for this protein is gentle on the environment” is only partially true. It does not consider all the steps involved in the production process, which may require energy, water, chemicals, and waste management, potentially causing adverse environmental impacts. The environmental impact may depend on various factors, such as the source and quality of the oats, the type and number of enzymes or acids used, and the efficiency and safety of the production facilities. (5,6)

Oat Cultivation: Oats often get the necessary water from the soil naturally, reducing the need for irrigation. The cultivation of oats typically requires fewer synthetic fertilizers and pesticides, which can contribute to reduced greenhouse gas emissions and less chemical runoff into water systems. The environmental impact of oat cultivation is generally lower than that of many other crops due to their ability to grow in diverse terrains, their lower requirement for synthetic fertilizers and pesticides, and their natural water efficiency.  (8,9)

Like all agricultural practices, oat cultivation can still have negative environmental impacts. These can include soil erosion, nutrient runoff, and the potential for pesticide contamination of water sources. It’s important to note that the sustainability of oat cultivation can vary depending on specific farming practices, including irrigation, the types and amounts of fertilizers used, and the methods used for pest control.

1 - https://www.humblebeeandme.com/project/hydrolyzed-oat-protein/

2 - https://www.lovedbycurls.com/ingredients/hydrolyzed-oat-protein-for-hair/

3 - https://www.altmeyers.org/en/allergology/oat-extracts-overview-135055

4 - https://biosolutions.novozymes.com/sites/default/files/file_download/AS_Oat-based_beverage.pdf

5 - https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s00217-020-03661-2

6 - https://core.ac.uk/download/pdf/322850028.pdf

7 - https://braveinbloom.com/blogs/ingredients-glossary/hydrolyzed-oat-protein-in-beauty-health-personal-care-and-beyond

8 - https://climatesociety.ei.columbia.edu/news/how-oat-milk-can-help-save-environment

9 - https://overherd.uk/blogs/herd-press/oat-milk-environmental-impact