A calcium- and vitamin C-based coating to prevent
browning increases fresh-sliced apples shelf life.
Z-Trim, a zero-calorie fat replacer from corn
bran, is now available for consumers to use in their own cooking.
The new catfish, known as NWAC103, is ready for
market sooner than other farmed catfish.
ARS Research Yields New Food Products
By Kim Kaplan
June 28, 2005
Successful research and technology
transfer by the Agricultural Research Service (ARS) have produced three new food products
One product, fresh apple slices, is now available at
McDonald's, grocery stores such
as Trader Joe's, and in the school
lunch program. ARS and Westport, Conn.-based Mantrose-Haeuser Co., Inc. developed a
calcium- and ascorbate (vitamin C)-based coating that prevents apples from
The coating increases the shelf life of peeled apples up to four weeks
without changing the texture or flavor, allowing them to become a practical
retail offering, and providing a convenient healthy food option for consumers
McDonald's is featuring the treated, fresh apples two ways: Apple Dippers,
which pairs a package of apple slices with a 0.75 ounce low-fat caramel dip for
a 100- calorie snack, and in its Fruit & Walnut salad. McDonald's expects
to buy more than 54 million pounds of apples this year.
Another product is a zero-calorie fat replacer called Z-Trim that consumers
can use to decrease fat and increase fiber in recipes as diverse as salad
dressing, brownies and omelets without affecting taste or mouth feel. ARS
developed Z-Trim from low-cost, high-fiber agricultural products such as corn
hulls. In addition to cutting fat and calories, Z-Trim can delay glucose
absorption and lower insulin resistance, improving blood sugar management.
ARS's newest improved catfish, called NWAC103, first began hitting the
market in late 2002. Today, about 15 percent of the catfish being raised are
probably NWAC103. Consumers wont notice anything different, but NWAC103
catfish eat 10 percent more feed and grow 10 percent faster than other
commercially farmed channel catfish--a great benefit to fish farmers.
The new catfish line was released jointly by ARS and the
Mississippi Agricultural and Forestry Experiment
ARS is the U.S. Department of
Agriculture's chief scientific research agency.