Submitted to: American Association of Cereal Chemists Meetings
Publication Type: Abstract Only
Publication Acceptance Date: February 26, 1997
Publication Date: N/A
Technical Abstract: A new fiber gel texturizing ingredient, called Z-Trim for its zero calorie value, offers a healthful alternative for foods with pleasing textures and lower calories. These fibers are a new generation of gels made from a variety of low-cost products such as hulls of oats, corn, rice, soybean, and peas, or cereal brans. These products are treated in a process to completely disintegrate their morphological cellular structures giving fragments that are purified, dried, and milled to an easy-flowing powder. The textural qualities can be adjusted for creaminess and coarser textures. Large reductions in calories are possible depending upon the amount of fat and carbohydrates replaced, along with a healthful amount of fiber added to the diet.