August 8, 2008
August 8, 2008 - Picky children may soon be tricked into eating meat thanks to an accidental discovery by Agresearch scientist Mustafa Farouk, Ph.D. He was investigating the binding strength of meat proteins when he found mutton or beef can be formed into long, colorful spaghetti-like strings.
"It tastes like meat and it can look like meat, but we can actually change the composition of the product quite a lot so we can mask the meaty flavor," Agresearch spokesman Mike North said.
He said many parents found it hard to get children to eat meat, but a meaty, protein-saturated "pasta" could be an innovative way of providing more iron and zinc. Agresearch is now looking for a commercial partner to market the meat.
"We'd really love to see this product on the supermarket shelves," said North.
The meat spaghetti could be made out of cheap cuts of meat and even dried as novel snacks. Reprinted from Stuff, NZ