Children and Diet – Scientists making healthy foods to fight Obesity
March 9th, 2006
Research Service (ARS) scientists are exploring how to make healthier
yogurt and cheese products.
possibly become a heart healthy food choice with a C-Trim ingredient.
The C-Trim is a derivative of oats and barley and contains beta-glucan
which is a soluble fiber. The goal that ARS scientists have is to find
ways to cut calories and to increase the foods nutritional value.
from across the country reported some of their successful results in the
March 2006 issue of Agricultural Research magazine. This issue’s main
focus was all about obesity. By improving the food nutrition and
lowering calories it would hopefully turn the trend of obesity around.
since 1992 have been looking at ways to lower the fat content in
mozzarella’s cheese without losing the flavor or texture. They would
hope that if they could come up with a better cheese pizza topping it
would make a big impact on the health of many people. Chemist Michael
Tunick along with colleagues has worked on changing the milk protein
casein in the cheese. They ended up with a longer shelf life and with
only a 10 percent content of fat. That is half the fat compared to
regular mozzarella cheese.
did taste tests and found that students liked the cheese. Since 1995
the low-fat mozzarella has sold nearly 39 million pounds of the cheese
to help supply the school lunch programs with a healthy alternative.
The ARS scientists
hope that C-Trim will become a commercially successful ingredient that
will lower the calories in food and at the same time increase
nutritional value. The scientists are trying to incorporate the C-Trim
ingredient into yogurt, chocolate, peanut spreads and other foods.
By replacing it
with less calories and improving the nutrition with C-Trim it will do
more than just fight obesity. The beta-glucan has been found to help in
the regulation of blood sugar levels and it will also lower the LDL
“bad” cholesterol. It would help slow down obesity related problems
that cause heart disease and diabetes.