Tribune press service
Karnal, November 9
Scientists from the National Dairy Research Institute (NDRI) here have developed high protein ice cream to fill the protein deficit in a large number of people. Scientists have claimed that it contains around 150% more protein compared to conventional ice cream. It is 10% protein, of which 70% is whey protein, while conventional ice cream available on the market is only 4% protein with around 0.8% whey protein, they said.
Whey protein makes it very nutritious
Ice cream is the most popular dairy dessert consumed by almost all segments of the population. We developed this high protein ice cream supplementing it with highly nutritious and muscle building whey protein. Dr MS Chauhan, Director, NDRI
Scientists used whey protein derived from milk or dairy products, which was considered the gold standard of protein for professional athletes. Whey protein acts as an antioxidant, anti-inflammatory and immune booster, said Dr MS Chauhan, director of NDRI, after the launch of the ice cream, which is currently on the market.
Scientists including Dr SA Hussain, Dr Writdhama Prasad, Dr Yogesh Khetra and researchers Suchismita Roy and Sonam under the leadership of Dr Latha Sabikhi, Dr AK Singh and Co-Director of Academics Dr RRB Singh began the research in 2018 and they took three years to achieve the desired results after overcoming challenges including maintaining the texture, overshoot, melt quality, and taste of high protein ice cream.
“Ice cream is the most popular dairy dessert consumed by almost all segments of the population. We developed this high protein ice cream by supplementing it with highly nutritious and muscle building whey protein, ”said Dr Chauhan praising the scientists. He said this ice cream could be made in any flavor.
The developed product does not involve major changes in the processing chain during its preparation, which will facilitate its adoption by small, medium and large dairy industries. High protein ice cream will cost Rs 3 more than conventional ice cream per 100ml pack. “Protein is an important macronutrient and plays a vital role in the growth and development of our bodies. According to the Indian Council of Medical Research, an adult should consume around 0.8 to 1 g of protein per kg of body weight for a healthy life; however, the real value of protein consumption is close to 0.6 g per kg of ideal body weight in the 18 year age group, ”said Dr Hussain.
“Supplementing whey protein in very popular food products will help meet the quality protein needs of consumers on a large scale,” said Dr Hussain. “We designed the colloidal aspects of the ice cream structure to overcome quality defects and prepared a consumer-acceptable high protein ice cream that has sensory qualities similar to regular ice cream,” he added.