MU researchers strive to perfect healthy ice cream

COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) - University of Missouri food scientists are working to build a healthier ice cream - not by reducing fat and sugar, but by adding antioxidants and other beneficial ingredients.

The Kansas City Star reports that researchers at the university's Columbia campus are in the final stages of taste-testing what they call "multi-functional ice cream."

Food chemist Ingolf Gruen and his research team are tinkering with four healthy ingredients: antioxidants, dietary fiber, probiotics and prebiotics.

Gruen's group hope to offer their fruit-flavored desserts at Buck's Ice Cream Place, a campus shop connected to the food science labs, as soon as this summer. The commercial prospects are less certain, but Gruen realizes that perfecting the healthy concoction's flavors is vital.

He says that if it doesn't taste good, people won't come back.

Information from: The Kansas City Star, http://www.kcstar.com

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