Now DUT is really cooking

2014-10-16 00:00

A HEALTHY popsicle, a fermented rooibos tea drink and a whey-and-soy milkshake that has anti-cancer properties.

These are some of the innovative food products cooked up by second-year food technology students at Durban University of Technology.

Nine products will be on display — and available for judges to taste — during the much-anticipated annual Food Product Launch 2014, which begins at 10 am today.

The annual event, which coincides with World Food Day, sees second-year students completing the task of inventing a new, improved food product that they can market to the food industry.

Alvna Santhilal from Chats­worth and her team created a healthy substitute to milk popsicles.

“Coconut SoyDream is a vegan ice-cream bar that has the many nutritious benefits of home-made coconut and soy milk combined,” she said.

“This is a healthy alternative that we made in different flavours. It contains no eggs or dairy, and took us over three months to create,” she added.

Lungile Nkambule from Mpumalanga said her group planned on selling their product to South African Breweries.

“KiRooi is a uniquely formulated fermented beverage containing seven percent alcohol. It is a delicious, all-natural blend of kiwi fruit and rooibos tea, and is an excellent source of antioxidants,” she said.

“The product has reduced sugar, an appealing taste and twice the amount of vitamin C as an orange,” she added.

Tremayne Sheldon Naicker said the new, improved milkshake his team had made had many health properties.

“TAY’s Nutrishake is a uniquely formulated, highly nutritious, ready-to-drink bubbly shake made from quality whey and soy, and is high in protein.

“It can help cure cardiovascular disease, reduce obesity, lower cholesterol, and also has anti-cancer properties.”

Dr Oluwatosin Ijabadeniyi, a senior lecturer in the department of biotechnology and food technology, said it sometimes took people years to come up with a new sort of food, but these students had managed to pull it off in three months.

Other products that will be seen at the launch are Flavoursom, a meat-flavoured salad dressing that adds a meaty taste to boring salads, and Super Spread, a seed spread made from bambara seeds which looks and tastes like peanut butter, but is a healthy alternative for those allergic to peanuts.

The students will be at DUT’s Hotel School, Ritson Campus, at 10 am today.

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