Submitted to: Final CRADA Report
Publication Type: Other
Publication Acceptance Date: 12/21/2007
Publication Date: N/A
Technical Abstract: This invention describes the extrusion of food grade HPMC into edible shelf-stable healthful pasta/noodles containing no starch but is high in soluble dietary fiber. Texture and properties of these noodles are somewhat similar to that of commercial starch-based noodles. A CRADA (Dr. Wallace Yokoyama as ADODR) between USDA and the Dow Chemical Company is in place to evaluate the health benefits of this product. Fibers derived from agricultural crops will enhance rural development, and the use of agricultural fibers from wheat or rice straw is particularly important, as there is currently a moratorium on burning rice straw in many states. Finding new uses for surplus and low-value residues will improve the rural economy, directly benefiting American Farmers. Furthermore, a healthier (high fiber) and starch-less noodles/pasta substitute developed from renewable resources would benefit consumers in general, but in particularly, 20.8 million American who suffers from diabetes.