Lupin analysis for quinolizidine alkaloids – A substitute for soybean?
Lupins (Lupinus spp.) belong to the legume family (Fabaceae) and are herbaceous plants growing up to 4.5 meters high. With up to 50% high-quality protein in dry matter, lupins are more than just an alternative to soybeans. In cultivation, they require little fertilization, little sun, loosen soils and bind atmospheric nitrogen.
For this reason, lupins are not only a popular raw material as animal feed, but are also increasingly used in the food industry. For example, the (ground) seeds of lupins are often used in bread and baked goods, confectionery, ice cream products, fried foods or even as a caffeine-free hot drink.