story in Agricultural Research magazine.
Low-Cal Shakes Are a Hit With Adults By
May 9, 2000
Results are in: Adults love the taste of the
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reduced sugar, low-fat milk shakes. The shakes have less than half the sugar
and about ten percent of the fat that commercial shakes have.
The new drinks are a remake of a low-sugar variety developed in
the 1970s for USDAs
Program by retired researcher Virginia Holsinger, formerly with the ARS
Eastern Regional Research Centers
Dairy Products Research Unit in
Last fall, ARS opened its doors to about 600 youngsters who taste
tested the chocolate shakes. Kids werent crazy about them. Some comments:
not sweet enough, theres an after taste, and
taste like cereal.
As a result, ARS chemical engineer Richard P. Konstance and
colleagues are trying to reformulate the shakes and get rid of the cereal
flavor. Konstance is working with Cooperative Research and Development
Agreement partner Devine Foods, Inc.,
in Philadelphia, Pa., to refine the shakes and further develop them as a
The shakes are based on ARS technology and contain
Devines patented composition, which reduces fat and calorie content.
Fiber content is about 2 to 2.2 percent, which qualifies the shakes as a good
source of fiber. A 10-ounce shake has as much calcium, vitamins, and minerals
as a serving of milk, and also has fewer calories. They also have significantly
less lactose than milk.
ARS is the chief scientific agency of the
U.S. Department of Agriculture.
More information on this research appears in the May issue of
Scientific contact: Richard Konstance,
Dairy Products Research Unit, ARS
Eastern Regional Research Center,
Wyndmoor, Pa.; phone (215) 233-6600, fax (215) 233-6795,